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Chris Skidmore

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UK Minister of State for Universities, Research, Innovation and Skills (2018-19, 2019-2020)

Energy and Climate Change Minister (2019)

Historian and Author focusing on Tudor and Medieval History

Chris Skidmore is a former Minister attending Cabinet, who has served across four departments.

Most recently, he was twice Minister of State for Universities, Research, Innovation and Skills (2018-19, 2019-2020), during which time he secured the government’s commitment to double its R&D budget – the greatest planned increase in research and innovation spending in modern times.

In 2019, he was appointed interim Energy and Climate Change Minister, attending Cabinet. In this role, he signed the UK commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions into law by 2050— the first G7 country to do so— and secured the UK Presidency of the United Nations’ COP 26, due to take place in Glasgow in 2021. 

He has also served as Minister of State for Health and Minister for the Constitution in the Cabinet Office, was Political Private Secretary to the Chancellor George Osborne, and served as Deputy Chairman of the Number 10 Policy Board under David Cameron.

He was elected MP for Kingswood in 2010, and continues to pursue his initial career as an historian, writing Tudor and Medieval History— his books include Richard III: Brother, Protector, King (2017), Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors (2013), Death and the Virgin (2010) and Edward VI: The Lost King of England (2007). He has also co-authored two books with the current Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and International Trade Secretary— After The Coalition (2011) and Britannia Unchained (2012).



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