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.
|Minister of State for Energy|
8 June 2009 – 11 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown|
|Preceded by||Mike O'Brien|
|Succeeded by||Charles Hendry|
|Member of Parliament |
for Lewisham Deptford
11 June 1987 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||John Silkin|
|Succeeded by||Vicky Foxcroft|
Joan Mary Anthony
28 December 1943
Pontypool, Monmouthshire, Wales
|Spouse(s)||Keith Ruddock (1963–1996; his death)|
Frank Doran (2010–2017; his death)
|Alma mater||Imperial College London|
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.
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 Defra 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.
She was appointed as a Privy Counsellor on 9 June 2010. 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.
Ruddock's first husband, Keith Harrhy Ruddock, Professor of Biophysics at Imperial College London, whom she married in 1963, died in a traffic accident in 1996; the couple had separated in 1990. Her second marriage was to the former Labour MP for Aberdeen North, Frank Doran from 2010 until his death in 2017.
- Ruddock, Joan. "Farewell speech, House of Commons 26 March 2015". Dame Joan Ruddock former MP for Lewisham Deptford. Joan Ruddock. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- Goldsmiths "Pairing politicians and scientists"; retrieved 12 November 2012
- Trinity Laban Joan Ruddock profile Archived 23 December 2012 at Archive.today, trinitylaban.ac.uk; accessed 31 October 2017.
- "Privy Council appointments". Privy Council. 9 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "No. 60009". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2011. p. 6.
- Who's Who, 2016 (A & C Black, London), p.2016
- "Obituary: Professor Keith Ruddock". 24 December 1996.
- "MP's husband killed". The Herald. Glasgow. 21 December 1996. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
- 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.
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Articles authored at Journalisted
- Joan Ruddock audio interview on Women's Parliamentary Radio discussing her job as Minister in charge of Climate Change, Waste and Recycling and Biodiversity in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.[when?]
| Chair of CND
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Lewisham Deptford