DEFRA reshuffle: What does the new look ministry mean for environmental policy?

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s knack for upsetting his colleagues has had major repercussions at DEFRA.

His refusal to take a no-deal Brexit off the table led to an exodus of Conservative MPs over the summer, including the resignation of work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd and the departure of the PM’s own brother Jo Johnson, a cabinet-attending BEIS minister. 

In the ministerial shake-up that followed, former environment minister Therese Coffey was moved from DEFRA to replace Rudd at the Department for Work and Pensions, and Zac Goldsmith - only recently instated as junior minister across both DEFRA and the Department for International Development (DfID) - was promoted to minister of state and elevated to cabinet to occupy Jo Johnson’s still warm seat.

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