Villiers receives ‘baptism of fire’ in the Commons

The new environment secretary Theresa Villiers had her first turn at the despatch box at this morning’s environment questions in the House of Commons, defending government policy on plastics, making new announcements on clothing waste and defending her voting record.

Ahead of the session, Environmental Audit Committee chair Mary Creagh said it would be a “baptism of fire”, coming less than 24 hours after her appointment as environment secretary.

“I am delighted to have been asked to take up the outstanding work” led by Michael Gove, Villiers said. “I look forward to working on the government’s historic commitment to hand on the natural environment in a better state than we found it… and ensuring that we seize on the opportunities offered by Brexit,” she told the House.

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