UPDATED: Coffey leaves Defra to take up Amber Rudd’s former role

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has replaced Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with Defra’s now former “resources minister”.

Therese Coffey MP, a Defra environment minister and MP for Suffolk Coastal, was elected in 2010 and has served in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for the past three years.

During this time she has worked closely with the resources and waste sector and has played an intrical part in the publication of the department’s Resources and Waste Strategy.

As of yet there has been no announcement of a replacement to fill Coffey’s Defra role.

Amber Rudd late last week announced her resignation from the Cabinet, saying she no longer believed leaving the EU with a deal was the Government’s main objective.

Rudd took to Twitter to congratulate Coffey on her promotion to the role.

Update: 11 September

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow

Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow has now been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra.

Pow was previously a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport between 23 May 2019 and 10 September 2019. Her role is currently listed as covering animal welfare, marine, biodiversity and environment, domestic forestry, international forestry.

In other Defra news, Zac Goldsmith has been promoted to Minister of State within the Department, meaning he will now join Cabinet meetings.

Update: 16 September

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Rebecca Pow’s brief will include waste and resources, Defra has confirmed.

Pow’s responsibilities include:

  • Domestic natural environment
  • 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Environment Bill
  • Climate change adaptation, co-ordination of Defra input to net zero, land use
  • Floods and water
  • Resource and environmental management (including waste, air quality, chemicals, litter)
  • Commercial projects including Covent Garden Market and waste PFI projects
  • Lead for Environment Agency and Natural England
  • Commons Minister for rural affairs, landscape, and adaptation.


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