Environment minister Thérèse Coffey exits DEFRA

Boris Johnson has appointed Thérèse Coffey to replace Amber Rudd as work and pensions secretary after Rudd announced that she was quitting the cabinet and the Tory party.

Coffey, who has served three years at DEFRA, oversaw waste and recycling policy as under secretary of state, since her initial appointment to the department in 2016.

This included helping to shape the Resources and Waste Strategy, released in December 2018, while her other responsibilities included handling policy work related to air pollution, floods, water and waterways.

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