Thérèse Coffey Replaces Rory Stewart In Defra Post

Stewart-Defra-CoffeyDr Thérèse Coffey has replaced Rory Stewart as parliamentary under secretary of state for the Department for Food and Rural Affairs, it has been announced.

After just 14 months in the role, Stewart has now been appointed minister of state at the Department for International Development.

His replacement at Defra, Dr Thérèse Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal, was formerly the deputy leader of the House of Commons until appointed parliamentary private secretary to Michael Fallon, minister for business and energy.

In February 2011 she voted in favour of the coalition Government selling public forests and woodland, a move that was subsequently dropped after widespread protests.

It is yet unknown whether Coffey will have the resources brief.

The move is a part of new Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle, which last week saw the replacement of Liz Truss as Secretary of State for Environment with May’s former leadership rival Andrea Leadsom.

It was also announced that the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) have been scrapped in favour of a new-look Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, which will be led by Greg Clark.

Rory Stewart and Marcus Gover, chief executive of WRAP, were due to publish recycling consistency guidance for local authorities this week (20 July), following the announcement in 2015 that Stewart had asked WRAP to investigate the opportunities and challenges of having greater consistency in the collection of household waste and recycling.

Whether this reshuffle will effect Defra’s drive for recycling consistency in England is yet unknown.

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