What they say about Chris Huhne

Conference organiser, Thomson Reuters, 2017

“Chris is an engaging and passionate speaker and I know delegates enjoyed the chance to meet him afterwards”

Matt Forde, Unspun, June, 2017

“Chris Huhne was absolutely brilliant and this interview showcases his wonderful political brain, but also an ability to pay credit to people he disagreed with, which is perhaps a rare trait these days. One of the most enjoyable interviews I have ever done”

Steven Freudmann, Institute of Travel and Tourism

“A great success” (Two thirds of those giving conference feedback rated Chris as “very good” – the top category).

The Times, editorial, September 2010

“Unlike many previous incumbents, Mr Huhne combines a genuine concern for the environment with a detailed understanding of finance and economics. That augurs well. There is much work to be done, but yesterday Britain sounded like it finally had a grown-up energy policy.”

The Independent on Sunday, October 2010

“Some of our praise for Mr Huhne’s rigour in analysing environmental priorities needs to be reserved, therefore, until the coalition can convince us that it can apply similar commitment to the cause of social justice. Mr Huhne has made the sums add up; it is now up to Mr Cameron to prove that his greenery was more than mere window dressing and to show true leadership.”

The Ecologist, November 2010

“The simple presence of the redoubtable Chris Huhne at DECC is cheering for a start: this is a serious and intelligent politician who is showing encouraging signs of knowing how to maneuvre and fight to get what his department wants.”

Geoffrey Lean, Daily Telegraph, May, 2011

“Chris Huhne […] has been playing a blinder. Over the last two weeks […] he has been the driving force behind two of the most momentous decisions any administration has taken, ones that could shape Britain’s economic development for the rest of the century, and beyond. Last week the government adopted the world-beating goal of cutting carbon emissions to half 1990 levels by 2025. No other country, as Nick Clegg put it, “has set legally-binding targets in this much detail, so far ahead”. And then yesterday it announced that it was setting up an effective, independent, statutorily-based, Green Investment Bank, the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Both decisions were cliffhangers. Both were pushed by Huhne, resisted by Chancellor George Osborne […]. By widespread consent they would not have gone the way they did without the Energy and Climate Change Secretary’s commitment, competence and sheer cussed combativeness, and – though not greatly loved at Westminster – he has won wide respect for his nerve under fire. Whatever now happens to him – and environmentalists are desperately hoping he survives – he has achieved more in a year than most top politicians manage in a lifetime.”

Tim Montgomerie, Conservative Home, August 2011

“Reducing Britain’s carbon footprint is the lowest priority of the new generation of Conservative MPs but the arithmetic of the Coalition has tipped the balance in favour of unilateral action on global warming. Huhne may be unpopular with Tory activists but I’d suggest he was one of the government’s most effective ministers.”

Zac Goldsmith MP, Huffington Post interview, 2013

“A powerful voice on this (climate change) issue”

Lord Deben (John Gummer), August 2011

“I think Chris Huhne is in many ways the huge unexpected success of this Government. He is an extraordinarily good Minister. Government has brought the best out of him”

Tony Juniper, former head of Friends of the Earth, February 2012

“He has proved a determined and efficient climate change secretary”

Editorial, The Times, September 2010

“Chris Huhne has brought an encouraging new realism to government energy policy”

Peter Preston, The Guardian, 2002

“Britain’s most formidable one-man think-tank”