In the speediest Cabinet transition of modern times Theresa Villiers has been named Secretary of State for Environment;. Eddie suggest she has been an advocate for climate action and strong environmental policies. The rest of the Defra Ministerial team is largely unchanged, including Theresa Coffey; George Eustice has returned. In an interesting appointment Zac Goldsmith, who has a long standing track record as an environment campaigner, has joined the ministerial team at Defra & DFID, apparently with a remit to increase protected areas.
The interesting thing is that Michael Gove has retained his place in the Government as the Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster; his feud with Boris seems to have been put to one side. He is leading the high profile work on a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. His move to the Cabinet Office suggests that the high profile initiatives he has been taking in the last few weeks are likely to continue.
At BEIS Andrea Leadsom takes over as Secretary of State and has committed herself to recognising the Climate Emergency. Claire Perry has been appointed COP26 President and remains in charge of the Government’s preparations for the Climate Change meeting in London in 2020.