Ed Miliband (above) was formerly leader of the Labour Party. Image: Parliament.uk/Ed Miliband.

Ed Miliband has been elected as the new Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero following the Labour Party’s landslide victory in the general election.

Miliband, who served as the leader of Labour Party and the opposition between 2010 and 2015, will acquire the position from exiting Conservative MP Claire Coutinho.

In the build-up to the election, Coutinho was highly critical of Labour’s energy plans, taking to social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to express that “it is a mess,” likening it to New Zealand’s attempts to ban new oil and gas licences—something that was later reversed.

Miliband has advocated for Labour’s energy policy and net zero. He recently took to the stage at Innovation Zero in London to discuss its vision, detailing that Labour will tackle the “four horsemen of the apocalypse” for the UK’s energy transition: grid delays, planning delays, supply chain problems and the skills gap.

Indeed, Miliband expressed that the 2030 target is Labour’s “North star” and will become one of its focuses. For this to be achieved, Miliband stated that “we must work together”, with collaboration set to be a vital cog in the party’s ambition.

This article first appeared on our sister publication Current±.