Elizabeth Truss has been appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, David Cameron announced today.
Previously an MP for South West Norfolk and an education minister, Ms Truss replaces Owen Paterson.
The new Environment Secretary commented on her own website that she was: “delighted to be appointed as Environment Secretary. I look forward to tackling the important issues facing our rural communities including championing British food, protecting people from flooding and improving the environment.”
David Cameron made the announcement this morning, via twitter, as part of his cabinet reshuffle.
NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “Farmers grow and produce the raw ingredients for one of the country’s most successful sectors; food and drink, worth some £92 billion to the UK economy. I look forward to meeting with Liz Truss at the earliest opportunity and working together on some of the key issues facing our sector.”
BBC News have further information on the changes to the cabinet.
We will be seeking to interview Ms Truss as soon as possible to find out what she loves about the British countryside and what issues she plans to tackle in the coming months.