Johnson pledges to ‘consecrate and advance’ current DEFRA agenda

Conservative leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson has lauded DEFRA’s current agenda and pledged to “consecrate and advance” it should he become the next prime minister.

Speaking in Westminster at the launch of the Conservative Environment Network’s manifesto yesterday, Johnson paid tribute to the work being done by DEFRA, saying there are “some fantastic things coming forward in the pipeline” and without naming specific initiatives, committed to seeing them through. 

Michael Gove - widely thought to be a highly effective environment secretary - has kicked off the development of a raft of strategies, including the draft environment bill, the agriculture bill, the resources and waste strategy and the 25-Year Environment Plan.

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