Kwasi Kwarteng is the MP for Spelthorne.
Born in London in 1975, Kwasi has a BA and PhD in History from Cambridge. Prior to entering Parliament, Kwasi worked as a financial analyst and author. In addition to his political career, Kwasi is also a widely known historian. His first book, Ghosts of Empire, was published in 2011. His second book, War & Gold, was published in 2014, and most recently Thatcher’s Trial was published in 2015.
He was originally elected as Member of Parliament for Spelthorne in 2010 and was re-elected in May 2015, June 2017 and December 2019.
Following the election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister in July 2019, Kwarteng was promoted to Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Kwasi’s role as Energy Minister has been busier than ever. A green recovery is central to the Government’s strategy to lead us out of this period of economic downturn. In particular, he has been devoting a great deal of time to the Energy White Paper, which will prioritise clean energy in our journey towards net-zero carbon emissions when it is published later this autumn (2020)
Kwasi is committed to supporting local enterprise; he regularly visits local business and calls for business-friendly reforms in Parliament. To find the local entrepreneurs of tomorrow, he launched the Spelthorne Business Plan Completion in 2013. This has successfully run each year since 2013, although unfortunately was unable to be held this year due to the pandemic.
During the Corona Virus pandemic Kwasi has been championing the BA workforce to help protect them at this crucial time; contacting the Prime Minister, lobbying his colleagues in the Government, and doing all that he can in his own Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.