Liz Truss retains Defra role, new ministers named

Liz Truss has been re-appointed as Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). The Conservative MP for South West Norfolk was initially picked for […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Liz Truss has been re-appointed as Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

The Conservative MP for South West Norfolk was initially picked for the role last year when she replaced fellow Tory Owen Paterson.

She will be leading work to improve the environment, promote the UK’s food and farming sector and champion the countryside.

Ms Truss said she is “delighted” to be returning as Environment Secretary, adding: “Growing the rural economy, delivering for our food and farming sector, helping our rural communities continue to thrive and ensuring the protection of our natural environment will be my priorities and I look forward to getting to work as soon as possible.”

Prime Minister David Cameron also appointed George Eustice as Defra’s new minister and Rory Stewart has become Parliamentary under Secretary of State.

At DECC, Amber Rudd is now the Energy Secretary and Andrea Leadsom is the new Energy Minister, replacing Matt Hancock who has a role as Minister of State at the Cabinet Office.