Zac Goldsmith assigned ministerial role to work on protected areas

A member of the Environmental Audit Committee has become a junior minister at DEFRA and the Department for International Development (DfID), with a focus on nature conservation.

Zac Goldsmith, a Conservative MP known for his interest in environmental issues and who unsuccessfully ran to be mayor of London, has said his new role as parliamentary under secretary of state will encompass expanding protected areas around the UK’s overseas territories, tackling the illegal wildlife trade, incorporating nature conservation into international aid and raising animal welfare standards. 

The role will be split between DEFRA and DfID, with Goldsmith saying via Twitter that he was “thrilled” to be asked by prime minister Boris Johnson to take up the position. 

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