Cabinet reshuffle sees new ministers for international trade and labour shortage

Cabinet reshuffle sees new ministers for international trade and labour shortage

Anne-Marie Trevelyan is the new International Trade Secretary. Source: Global Vaccine Summit by Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan has taken over from Liz Truss as the new International Trade Secretary in Boris Johnson’s latest Cabinet reshuffle, while former Brexit secretary Steve Barclay has replaced Michael Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Formerly Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, Trevelyan will now be responsible for negotiating further post-Brexit international trade deals. George Eustice remains in place as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural affairs, while Nadhim Zahawi has replaced Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary.

Industry reaction

Tony Goodger, spokesperson for the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS), said the move that had the most implications for AIMS’ members was Steve Barclay’s new appointment.

“This will now place him in charge of chairing the cross departmental group of ministers looking at the labour supply shortage,” Goodger said.

“We imagine that Anne-Marie Trevelyan’s move to DIT will very much be one of ‘business as usual’ simply taking the trade negotiations which we led by Liz Truss forward to their conclusion. We hope that this will mean new global markets for our members.

“It is of note that we have members in the constituency of the new Education Secretary as we did with his predecessor, but hope that we can make better headway now with our view that there needs to be a dedicated Food Manufacturing and Processing T-Level to help encourage students post 16 to make the industry their career of choice.”

Goodger added: “Finally, we welcome continuity at Defra and look forward to continuing our working relationship with George Eustice, his ministers and departmental officials.”

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