RESHUFFLE: Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss promoted to role of Environment Secretary

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
9:54 AM

Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss has been promoted to the role of Environment Secretary in David Cameron’s second stage of his final cabinet reshuffle before next year’s general election.

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The South West Norfolk MP, who was made an early years minister in the Department for Education in 2012, will replace Owen Paterson as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Mr Paterson, who was branded the “badger basher” for his handling of the controversial badger cull to try and control TB in cattle, has been in the post since 2012.

Liz Truss follows in the footsteps of former South West Norfolk MP Baroness Shephard who was made minister of agriculture, fisheries and food in 1993.

On her website, Ms Truss said she was working hard to get the best deal for Norfolk farmers.

Her page says: “Elizabeth has a number of concerns about the use of agricultural land for solar or biomass plants and the subsidies for these operations. She does not want to see the UK’s food security jeopardised; food and farming is the largest manufacturing industry in the UK and she is keen to see that the importance of this sector is recognised.”

“Elizabeth has also raised with the Defra Secretary of State her concerns in relation to flooding in her constituency. She has long argued that the £1:£8 cost benefit ratio formula provided by the Environment Agency for the funding of flood prevention schemes do not value farmland high enough.”

NFU East Anglia Regional Director Pamela Forbes said: “We would like to congratulate Elizabeth Truss on her new role and we look forward to working with her.

“She recognises that agriculture is a vital industry and she has taken a keen interest in food and farming issues in her constituency, particularly around food and water security.

“After the last drought she arranged for farmers to meet the minister to discuss concerns about water supplies for irrigated crops in Norfolk and Suffolk and she has called for greater protection for farmland from flooding.

“She also knows our views regarding reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, having led a delegation to meet farming minister George Eustice in December.”

Making what is likely to be the last adjustments to his team before the 2015 poll, the Prime Minister said goodbye to a number of male ministers, including Tory veteran William Hague.

He has quit as foreign secretary and will leave the Commons next year.

Former Tory leader Mr Hague will replace Andrew Lansley as Leader of the Commons and lead the Conservative campaign in key constituencies, particularly in northern England, until he gives up his safe seat in Richmond, North Yorkshire.

The Prime Minister said Mr Hague had been one of the Conservative Party’s “leading lights” for a generation and had been a “close confidante, wise counsellor and great friend”.

The shock announcement follows the widely expected decision by Ken Clarke to retire at 74, ending a career in government stretching back to 1972.

Veteran MP Sir George Young also resigned as chief whip, creating another Cabinet-level position for Mr Cameron to fill.

The vacancy at the Foreign Office will be a plum job for Mr Cameron to allocate, but there are also a number of other spots at the Cabinet table and in the lower ministerial ranks for him to award to rising stars as he refreshes his team before the 2015 general election.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister also accepted the resignations of universities minister David Willetts and energy and climate change minister Greg Barker, who will both stand down as MPs next year.

Andrew Robathan quit as a minister in the Northern Ireland Office, while news of Hugh Robertson’s resignation from the Foreign Office filtered through while he was on an overseas trip in Beirut.

18 comments

  • Good news that Liz is concerned about food security and the ability of the nation to feed itself. Assume then we can look forward to her publicly speaking out against the relentless creeping loss of the nation's productive farmland to houses, roads and retail parks.

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    beeston bump

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • @TheTruth. Damn RdS still has her confident Agnew to help her.

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    Mark Adams

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Jeffrey Osborne - I think Labour PPCs Asato, Lewis and Norris get more than their fair share of print in the EDP don`t you.

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    BG

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • is there any truth that Chloe Smith has been promoted to tea lady

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    Rorping

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Thank goodness for that. I was afeared that she would take control of education and turn her maniacal suggestion that every child in Britain should study A level maths into a requirement. It would have been expensive to send my child abroad to escape this bullying and to enable her to continue using all her time at school to study subjects she actually wants to do.

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    alecto

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Well im glad the money spent sending her to look at education in China was not wasted! On the plus side it gets her out of education. With her gone and Gove gone will DeSouza be worried?

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    TheTruth

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I rather suspect that the chief executive of our favourite local, Broads based quango, and other environmental groups, are, at this very minute, dashing off for a refresher course at a nearby charm school. Will Mss Truss be strong enough to resist their charms? I rather doubt it.

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    peter waller

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • So the EDP are restricting posts yet again,

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • @jeffrey. ...and to sell off the forests! Good luck to her. Hopefully her hands won't be tied like dealing with autonomous Academies.

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    Mark Adams

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Well done Elizabeth Truss MP, you did well in your last position after the mess the previous government left us in. There will always be critics but most of it is sour grapes. Keep up the good work

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    Sweet cheeks

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • I suppose the EDP will start gushing over her, censoring anything they consider goes against her, same as that other idiot. yet another one who has never had a proper job in their lives.

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    "V"

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • The nasty party with a pretty face-the smiler with a knife in their pocket.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Should be the final nail in the Incinerator's coffin!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • This must be excellent news for anyone living in the vicinity of the Strattons Waste Plant in Ms Truss's constituency. This has been making the lives of residents a misery with their disgusting smells for the last 6 or 7 years, and despite breaching the terms of their waste licence, the Environment Agency and KLWNBC have done nothing much about it, nor have repeated complaints to Ms Truss. Perhaps in her new post she will at last be in a position to help her constituents?

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Don't forget Liz Truss voted to bash the badgers too.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Another MP the EDP will allow to have their cake and eat it. Just like Norman Lamb who appears in the publication daily but when things go wrong in government or NHS he isn't held to account. Roll on May 2015, Lord knows how the EDP will cope when they're kicked out of government.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Gillian Shephard's a hard act to follow. Wonder if Liz knew Mrs T as well as Gillian always tells us?

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

  • Thank goodness for that as she has been pretty useless at the DfE and is far too close to local Ofsted chiefs and of the Dame to be objective. Her lack of knowledge about how children learn is appalling given her education brief.

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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