Joan Ruddock

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Joan Ruddock
Official portrait, 2007
Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
8 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byMike O'Brien
Succeeded byCharles Hendry
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
5 October 2008 – 8 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byDavid Kidney
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change, Biodiversity & Waste
In office
2 July 2007 – 5 October 2008
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byDan Norris
Member of Parliament
for Lewisham Deptford
In office
11 June 1987 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byJohn Silkin
Succeeded byVicky Foxcroft
Personal details
Joan Mary Anthony

(1943-12-28) 28 December 1943 (age 80)
Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Keith Ruddock (1963–1996; his death)
Frank Doran (2010–2017; his death)
Alma materImperial College London
WebsiteOfficial website

Dame Joan Mary Ruddock, DBE, PC (née Anthony; born 28 December 1943) is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Lewisham Deptford from 1987 to 2015. Ruddock was Minister of State for Energy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change until 11 May 2010. She stood down at the 2015 general election.

Early life[edit]

Ruddock was educated at Pontypool Girls' Grammar School and at Imperial College London where she studied Botany and Chemistry. Prior to her election to Parliament, she was chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, a UK pressure group; she resigned in 1985.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Ruddock fought the safe Conservative seat of Newbury in 1979, coming third. She was elected for Lewisham Deptford in 1987, succeeding John Silkin. She was initially a member of the Campaign Group but resigned in 1988 in protest at Tony Benn's decision to challenge Neil Kinnock for the leadership.

During the government of Tony Blair, she briefly served as Minister for Women. She returned to government when Gordon Brown appointed her Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in June 2007 with responsibility for biodiversity, climate change adaptation, waste and domestic forestry. In October 2008 she was transferred to the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change, continuing in her previous role. In the June 2009 reshuffle she was promoted to Minister of State level, with responsibility for energy policy, which she held until the fall of the Labour Government in 2010.

During her time in Parliament Ruddock was responsible for successfully introducing two private members bills on fly tipping and ensuring local authorities provided doorstep recycling.[1]

She is an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths, University of London,[2] an Honorary Fellow of Laban London and a member of the Board of Trinity Laban.[3]

She was appointed as a Privy Counsellor on 9 June 2010.[4] She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for public and political services.[5]

Private life[edit]

Ruddock's first husband was Keith Harrhy Ruddock, Professor of Biophysics at Imperial College London, whom she married in 1963,[6] He died in a traffic accident in 1996; the couple had separated in 1990.[7][8] Her second marriage was[6] to the former Labour MP for Aberdeen North, Frank Doran from 2010 until his death in 2017.[9]


  1. ^ a b Ruddock, Joan. "Farewell speech, House of Commons 26 March 2015". Dame Joan Ruddock former MP for Lewisham Deptford. Joan Ruddock. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  2. ^ Goldsmiths "Pairing politicians and scientists"; retrieved 12 November 2012
  3. ^ Trinity Laban Joan Ruddock profile Archived 23 December 2012 at,; accessed 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Privy Council appointments". Privy Council. 9 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  5. ^ "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 6.
  6. ^ a b Who's Who, 2016 (A & C Black, London), p.2016
  7. ^ "Obituary: Professor Keith Ruddock". 24 December 1996. Archived from the original on 9 June 2022.
  8. ^ "MP's husband killed". The Herald. Glasgow. 21 December 1996. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  9. ^ Prince, Rosa (27 March 2015). "Why I'm standing down from Parliament: Dame Joan Ruddock MP for Lewisham Deptford". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 October 2015.

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Preceded by Chair of CND
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford
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