Profile: who is Claire Coutinho? The staunch Rishi Sunak ally and new energy security secretary

Claire Coutinho is the vitality safety and web zero secretary after she changed Grant Shapps in Rishi Sunak’s August “mini-reshuffle”.

The mini-reshuffle was triggered by the resignation of former defence secretary Ben Wallace. After Wallace introduced his intention to resign in July, Sunak moved forward together with his top-team rejig in August.

Shapps is the brand new defence secretary and Coutinho has now changed him as vitality safety and web zero secretary.

The Conservative MP for East Surrey, Coutinho was first been elected to Parliament in 2019 with a majority of 24,040 over the Liberal Democrat Get together.


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The East Surrey constituency is discovered to the east of Surrey bordering each Higher London and Kent.  It contains the cities of Caterham, Horley, Oxted and the encircling cities and villages.  Lengthy one of many most secure Conservative seats within the nation, it was for a few years represented in Parliament by the previous Chancellor and International Secretary, Geoffrey Howe.  The Labour chief, Sir Keir Starmer, grew up on this constituency.

Coutinho was appointed Parliamentary Below Secretary of State within the Division for Training in October 2022.  She was very briefly the Below Secretary of State within the Division for Work and Pensions between September and October 2022.

Coutinho was beforehand a PPS to then Chancellor Rishi Sunak however resigned in July 2022 in protest at Boris Johnson persevering with to stay as prime minister.  She is a detailed political ally of the prime minister.

Previous to being elected to Parliament. Coutinho served as a particular adviser for Rishi Sunak, throughout his time as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Born in 1985, Coutinho is the daughter of Indian docs, and her prolonged household come from Pune in India.  She studied Arithmetic and Philosophy at Oxford College. After graduating, she labored within the Metropolis, starting her profession at Merrill Lynch after which KMPG.   She additionally labored for the Housing and Finance Institute.

Lengthy-tipped as a future star of the Conservative Get together, Coutinho has beforehand described her excellent weekend as strolling round a meals market, going for a stroll within the hills, and watching an excellent crime documentary.

Coutinho was as soon as a contestant on the TV Cooking present, ‘The Style’, during which Nigella Lawson was a choose.

Coutino is Vice Chair of the All Get together Parliamentary Group on Sustainable Finance,

She supported Brexit within the 2016 EU referendum.

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