Kwasi Kwarteng biography

Kwasi Kwarteng is a British politician who has held the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer since 2022. He was born Akwasi Addo Alfred Kwarteng on May 26, 1975 in the United Kingdom. His previous position was that of Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, which he held from 2021 until 2022. Since 2010, he has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Spelthorne, which is located in the northern part of Surrey. He is affiliated with the Conservative Party.

In light of Suella Braverman’s decision to step down from her position as Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union on November 16, 2018, Kwarteng was promoted to fill the vacancy. Kwarteng was elevated to the position of Minister of State for Business, Energy, and Clean Growth in July 2019, following Boris Johnson’s victory in the election for the position of Prime Minister. As part of this role, Kwarteng is a member of the Cabinet.

Early life and education 

Kwarteng was the only child of his parents, Alfred K. Kwarteng and Charlotte Boaitey-Kwarteng, who had moved to the United Kingdom from Ghana in the 1960s while they were students. He was born in 1975 in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Both of his parents work for the Commonwealth Secretariat; his mother is a lawyer and his father is an economist.

Kwarteng began his educational career at a public primary school before transferring to Colet Court, an independent preparatory school in London. It was at Colet Court that he was awarded the Harrow History Prize in the year 1988.

After that, Kwarteng continued his education at Eton College, where he was a King’s Scholar and was also the recipient of the esteemed Newcastle Scholarship prize. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he majored in classics and history, earning a first in both subjects and capturing the Browne Medal on two separate occasions. He was a member of the team that came out on top in the University Challenge competition in 1995 (the first series after the show was brought back on air by the BBC in 1994). He was a member of the University Pitt Club while he was a student at Cambridge, and he has since gone back there to pay a visit. He received a scholarship from the Kennedy Foundation to attend Harvard University and later earned a doctorate in economic history from the University of Cambridge in the year 2000.

Early career 

Kwarteng was a columnist for The Daily Telegraph and a financial analyst for JPMorgan Chase and other investment banks before he was elected to a seat in the House of Commons. In 2011, Bloomsbury released his book titled Ghosts of Empire, in which he had written about the lingering effects of the British Empire. In addition, in 2011, he and Jonathan Dupont collaborated on the book Gridlock Nation, which was about the reasons for and potential solutions to the issue of traffic congestion in the United Kingdom.

Early political career 

In the general election that took place in 2005, Kwarteng represented the Conservative Party as their candidate in the Brent East constituency. He is regarded as “a rising star on the right of the party.” He came in third place, behind the incumbent member of parliament for the Liberal Democrats, Sarah Teather (who had won the seat in a by-election in 2003), and Yasmin Qureshi, who was running for the Labour Party. During 2005 and 2006, Kwarteng served as chairman of the Bow Group. In 2006, The Times speculated that he might become the first black Conservative cabinet minister if he were to enter politics. He finished sixth on the list of candidates the Conservatives put forward for the London Assembly election in 2008, but the Conservatives ended up winning only three of the London-wide list seats. As a result, he did not win a seat on the London Assembly.

Political views 

Kwarteng is considered to be a member of the right-wing of the Conservative Party due to the fact that he participated in the Brexit referendum in 2016 and advocated for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union (EU).

Racial issues and colonialism 

Kwarteng’s perspectives on colonialism have been called “nuanced,” and he is the author of the book “Ghosts of Empire,” which was published in 2011 and is about the legacy of the British Empire. Kwarteng has argued that many critics of British imperialism and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have “a very kind of cartoon-like view” of the past, and he has supported this position by arguing the following points:

“So within that time and geography there’s a huge amount of variety, different cultures and different time periods and getting a sensitivity to that is hugely important and I think a lot of the debate around Black Lives Matter and imperialism or colonialism has a very kind of cartoon-like view of what was happening over centuries across a quarter of the world.”

Economic issues 

Britannia Unchained was the title of a book that Kwarteng and four other members of parliament wrote together and published in August of 2012. The author of this book makes the case for significantly reducing the size of the welfare state in order “to return it to the contributory principle envisioned by its founder Sir William Beveridge – that you get benefits in return for contributions.”

Personal life 

Friends have said that Kwarteng is a “extremely private” person. [Case in point] Amber Rudd, who later served as Home Secretary under the Conservatives, was his ex-girlfriend at one point. In December of 2019, he tied the knot with the City solicitor Harriet Edwards. On October 15th, 2021, they welcomed a daughter into the world. His previous residence was in Bayswater, and he bought a property in Greenwich in January of 2022.Greenwich