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Amber Rudd appointed home secretary in Theresa May's Cabinet

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Published 13/07/2016

Amber Rudd, leaves 10 Downing Street, central London, after being appointed as Home Secretary following a Cabinet reshuffle by new Prime Minister Theresa May. PA
Amber Rudd, leaves 10 Downing Street, central London, after being appointed as Home Secretary following a Cabinet reshuffle by new Prime Minister Theresa May. PA

Amber Rudd has been appointed as the UK's new home secretary.

Rudd has enjoyed a steep elevation in status from working as "aristocracy co-ordinator" on Four Weddings And A Funeral to running Britain's counter-terrorism efforts, police forces, and immigration policies.

The former investment banker, venture capitalist, and financial journalist, 52, decided to enter politics in her 40s in order to get "a grip on her life".

"I decided to take my life back. In my 20s I was leaving university, getting married or having a baby. And then, in my 30s, I was just keeping my head above water. When I hit 40 I thought I have got to get a grip of my life and really point it in the direction I want it to go rather than just swim hard against the current," Ms Rudd told the FT.

David Cameron put Ms Rudd on his controversial A-list of candidates and she took Hastings and Rye back from Labour in 2010, and then enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks serving as parliamentary private secretary to Chancellor George Osborne two years later, before being promoted to junior minister at the Energy and Climate Change department in 2014, then entering Cabinet as secretary of state for the same brief just last year.

Ms Rudd's time at the Climate Change department has often been a stormy one as when she piloted fracking legislation through the Commons as its junior minister she was accused by the opposition of reneging on pledges not to let the controversial gas extraction process occur in national parks by announcing that drilling would be allowed underneath such protected areas if it began outside their surface boundaries.

And after becoming secretary of state at the department her attitude to renewable energy was strongly criticised by environmentalists.

Ms Rudd was a committed Remain campaigner who raised eyebrows with the highly personalised attacks she launched on her now Cabinet colleague Boris Johnson during a live TV clash in which she declared: "Boris is the life and soul of the party, but he is not the man you want driving you home at the end of the evening."

She then came to Theresa May's aid in the short-lived, but bruising, run-off campaign with Andrea Leadsom as she slapped down her own junior minister at the Energy Department by questioning Ms Leadsom's experience.

The ex-Cheltenham Ladies' College pupil, and Edinburgh University history graduate, has a son and a daughter from the five years she was married to columnist AA Gill, who used to refer to her as "the silver spoon" in his restaurant reviews.

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and her husband Philip John (R) wave outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. AFP/Getty Images
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and her husband Philip John (R) wave outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. AFP/Getty Images
EDITORS NOTE ALTERNATE CROP David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London, with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwen, 10, and Florence, 5, for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and her husband Philip John May (R) laugh together outside the door of 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day that Theresa May takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. AFP/Getty Images
Staff applaud as new British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip John walk into 10 Downing Street in London, on July 13, 2016 after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Theresa May took office as Britain's second female prime minister on July 13 charged with guiding the UK out of the European Union after a deeply devisive referendum campaign ended with Britain voting to leave and David Cameron resigning. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Stefan RousseauSTEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-Brexit supporters holds up placards as they demonstrate outside Downing street in central London on July 13, 2016, on the day new British Prime Minister Theresa May takes over at number 10. Theresa May took office as Britain's second female prime minister on July 13 charged with guiding the UK out of the European Union after a deeply devisive referendum campaign ended with Britain voting to leave and David Cameron resigning. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Former mayor of London Boris Johnson walks to 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 after New British Prime Minister Theresa May takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. Theresa May took office as Britain's second female prime minister on July 13 charged with guiding the UK out of the European Union after a deeply devisive referendum campaign ended with Britain voting to leave and David Cameron resigning. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Brexit supporters protest outside 10 Downing Street in London, after new Prime Minister Theresa May, accepted Queen Elizabeth II's invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
David Davis who will become Secretary of State for Brexit, leaves 10 Downing Street, central London, as new Prime Minister Theresa May begins a Cabinet reshuffle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Amber Rudd, leaves 10 Downing Street, central London, after being appointed as Home Secretary following a Cabinet reshuffle by new Prime Minister Theresa May. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission of image #547088848 with alternate crop.) Newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May, shoe detail, speaks at 10 Downing Street on July 13, 2016 in London, England. Former Home Secretary Theresa May becomes the UK's second female Prime Minister after she was selected unopposed by Conservative MPs to be their new party leader. She is currently MP for Maidenhead. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: British Energy Secretary and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd arrives at Downing Street on July 13, 2016 in London, England. The UK's New Prime Minister Theresa May began appointing the key Ministerial positions in her cabinet shortly after taking up residence at Number 10 Downing Street. She has appointed Philip Hammond as Chancellor and George Osborne has resigned. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 after new British Prime Minister Theresa May took office. Theresa May took office as Britain's second female prime minister on July 13 charged with guiding the UK out of the European Union after a deeply devisive referendum campaign ended with Britain voting to leave and David Cameron resigning. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
British Conservative party member of parliament Liam Fox arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 after new British Prime Minister Theresa May took office. Theresa May took office as Britain's second female prime minister on July 13 charged with guiding the UK out of the European Union after a deeply devisive referendum campaign ended with Britain voting to leave and David Cameron resigning. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Newly appointed Defence Secretary Michael Fallon gives a thumbs up as he leaves Downing Street on July 13, 2016 in London, England. The UK's New Prime Minister Theresa May began appointing the key Ministerial positions in her cabinet shortly after taking up residence at Number 10 Downing Street. She has appointed Philip Hammond as Chancellor and George Osborne has resigned. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: British Prime Minister Theresa May and husband Philip May wave outside 10 Downing Street on July 13, 2016 in London, England. Former Home Secretary Theresa May becomes the UK's second female Prime Minister after she was selected unopposed by Conservative MPs to be their new party leader. She is currently MP for Maidenhead. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Prime Minister David Cameron with his wife Samantha leave 10 Downing Street for the last time after speaking to the press to visit Buckingham Palace to formally tender his resignation to the Queen on July 13, 2016 in London, England. David Cameron leaves Downing Street today having been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since May 2010 and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005. He is succeeded by former Home Secretary Theresa May and will remain as Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and her husband Philip John May (R) wave outside the door of 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day that Theresa May takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. AFP/Getty Images
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and her husband Philip John May (R) wave outside the door of 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day that Theresa May takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. AFP/Getty Images
New Prime Minister Theresa May makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to become Prime Minister and form a new government. PA
Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron (L) speaks outside 10 Downing Street beside (L-R) his daughter Nancy Gwen, his wife Samantha Cameron and son Arthur Elwen in central London on July 13, 2016 before going to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrator displays a painting depicting former British Prime minister David Cameron in central London on July 13, 2016, on the day new British Prime Minister Theresa May takes over at number 10. Theresa May took office as Britain's second female prime minister on July 13 charged with guiding the UK out of the European Union after a deeply devisive referendum campaign ended with Britain voting to leave and David Cameron resigning. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'NNIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May waves outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. Theresa May took office as Britain's second female prime minister on July 13 charged with guiding the UK out of the European Union after a deeply devisive referendum campaign ended with Britain voting to leave and David Cameron resigning. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May laughs on the step outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. Theresa May took office as Britain's second female prime minister on July 13 charged with guiding the UK out of the European Union after a deeply devisive referendum campaign ended with Britain voting to leave and David Cameron resigning. / AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISJUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Theresa May at the start of an audience in Buckingham Palace, London, where she invited the former Home Secretary to become Prime Minister and form a new government. PA
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: David Cameron leaves Downing Street for the last time with his wife Samantha Cameron and children Nancy Cameron (C), Arthur Cameron and Florence Cameron on his way to Buckingham Palace on July 13, 2016 in London, England. David Cameron leaves Downing Street today having been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since May 2010 and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005. He is succeeded by former Home Secretary Theresa May and will remain as Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron (L) waves outside 10 Downing Street with his family (L-R) his daughter Nancy Gwen, son Arthur Elwen, daughter Florence Rose Endellion and his wife Samantha Cameron in central London on July 13, 2016 before going to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron urged his successor Theresa May on Wednesday to maintain close ties with the EU even while negotiating to leave it, as he paid a fond farewell to MPs hours before leaving office. Cameron will tender his resignation on July 13 to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, after which the monarch will task the new leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May with forming a government. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
David Cameron after making a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwyn, 10, and Florence, 5, before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Prime Minister David Cameron with his wife Samantha Cameron and family speaks to press before leaving 10 Downing Street to visit Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace to formally resign as Prime Minister on July 13, 2016 in London, England. David Cameron leaves Downing Street today having been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since May 2010 and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005. He is succeeded by former Home Secretary Theresa May and will remain as Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
David Cameron makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. PA
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Prime Minister David Cameron speaks as he leaves Downing Street for the last time on July 13, 2016 in London, England. David Cameron leaves Downing Street today having been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since May 2010 and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005. He is succeeded by former Home Secretary Theresa May and will remain as Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Prime Minister David Cameron speaks as he leaves Downing Street for the last time with his wife Samantha Cameron and children Nancy Cameron, Arthur Cameron and Florence Cameron on July 13, 2016 in London, England. David Cameron leaves Downing Street today having been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since May 2010 and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005. He is succeeded by former Home Secretary Theresa May and will remain as Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
David Cameron makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwen, 10, and Florence, 5, before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Downing Street for the last time with his wife Samantha Cameron and children Nancy Cameron, Arthur Cameron and Florence Cameron on July 13, 2016 in London, England. David Cameron leaves Downing Street today having been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since May 2010 and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005. He is succeeded by former Home Secretary Theresa May and will remain as Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
David Cameron with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwen, 10, and Florence, 5, outside 10 Downing Street in London before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
David Cameron after making a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwyn, 10, and Florence, 5, before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
A car carrying outgoing British prime minister David Cameron enters the gates at Buckingham Palace in central London on July 13, 2016 for Cameron to have an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to tender his resignation as prime minister. Outgoing British prime minister David Cameron urged his successor Theresa May on Wednesday to maintain close ties with the EU even while negotiating to leave it, as he paid a fond farewell to MPs hours before leaving office. Cameron will tender his resignation on July 13 to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, after which the monarch will task the new leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May with forming a government. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Prime Minister David Cameron's child Florence Cameron is seen as he speaks for the last time as he leaves Downing Street on July 13, 2016 in London, England. David Cameron leaves Downing Street today having been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since May 2010 and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005. He is succeeded by former Home Secretary Theresa May and will remain as Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London, with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwyn, 10, and Florence, 5, for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
David Cameron makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwen, 10, and Florence, 5, before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Hannah McKay/PA Wire
David Cameron after making a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, with wife Samantha and children Nancy, 12, Elwyn, 10, and Florence, 5, before leaving for Buckingham Palace for an audience with Queen Elizabeth II to formally resign as Prime Minister. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: People look out of the windows of the Home Office over looking Downing Street ahead of the departure of Prime Minister David Cameron on July 13, 2016 in London, England. David Cameron leaves Downing Street today having been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since May 2010 and Leader of the Conservative Party since December 2005. He is succeeded by former Home Secretary Theresa May and will remain as Member of Parliament for Witney in Oxfordshire. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: A protestor wearing a Theresa May mask takes part in small demonstration outside Downing Street on July 13, 2016 in London, England. Former Home Secretary Theresa May becomes the UK's second female Prime Minister after she was selected unopposed by Conservative MPs to be their new party leader. She is currently MP for Maidenhead. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: A protestor dressed as new Prime Minister Theresa May is seen outside Downing Street on July 13, 2016 in London, England. Former Home Secretary Theresa May becomes the UK's second female Prime Minister after she was selected unopposed by Conservative MPs to be their new party leader. She is currently MP for Maidenhead. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Britain's out-going Prime Minister David Cameron gets a standing ovation from members of parliament at the end of his last Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in central London on July 13, 2016. Theresa May becomes Britain's second female prime minister on July 13, taking over from David Cameron whose career was ended by the seismic Brexit referendum, with the daunting task of leading the country out of the EU. Cameron, who has been premier for six years, will say his goodbyes at his last question-and-answer session in parliament before tendering his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. / AFP PHOTO / PRU / PRU / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / PRU " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO RESALE - NO DISTRIBUTION TO THIRD PARTIES - 24 HOURS USE - NO ARCHIVESPRU/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's out-going Prime Minister David Cameron gets a standing ovation from members of parliament at the end of his last Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in central London on July 13, 2016. Theresa May becomes Britain's second female prime minister on July 13, taking over from David Cameron whose career was ended by the seismic Brexit referendum, with the daunting task of leading the country out of the EU. Cameron, who has been premier for six years, will say his goodbyes at his last question-and-answer session in parliament before tendering his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. / AFP PHOTO / PRU / PRU / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / PRU " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO RESALE - NO DISTRIBUTION TO THIRD PARTIES - 24 HOURS USE - NO ARCHIVESPRU/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's out-going Prime Minister David Cameron (L) speaks at the dispatch box with new leader of the Conservative Party and incoming prime minister Theresa May (C) and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (R) on the front bench during his last Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in central London on July 13, 2016. Theresa May becomes Britain's second female prime minister on July 13, taking over from David Cameron whose career was ended by the seismic Brexit referendum, with the daunting task of leading the country out of the EU. Cameron, who has been premier for six years, will say his goodbyes at his last question-and-answer session in parliament before tendering his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. / AFP PHOTO / PRU AND AFP PHOTO / PRU / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / PRU " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO RESALE - NO DISTRIBUTION TO THIRD PARTIES - 24 HOURS USE - NO ARCHIVESPRU/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (C) speaks at the dispatch box during British Prime Minister David Cameron's last Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons in central London on July 13, 2016. Theresa May becomes Britain's second female prime minister on July 13, taking over from David Cameron whose career was ended by the seismic Brexit referendum, with the daunting task of leading the country out of the EU. Cameron, who has been premier for six years, will say his goodbyes at his last question-and-answer session in parliament before tendering his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. / AFP PHOTO / PRU / PRU / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / PRU " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - NO RESALE - NO DISTRIBUTION TO THIRD PARTIES - 24 HOURS USE - NO ARCHIVESPRU/AFP/Getty Images

Four Weddings And A Funeral director Richard Curtis said he gave Ms Rudd, who is believed to briefly appear in a church scene in the film, the job of casting extras for the movie, because: "She knew a lot of dukes and earls."

In-coming Prime Minister Mrs May clearly thinks Ms Rudd knows a lot about law and order as well.

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