Theresa Villiers is new minister at Defra
Theresa Villiers has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet. She replaces Michael Gove.
Villiers served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from September 2012 until July 2016. Previously she served as Minister of State for Transport from May 2010 until September 2012. Theresa was elected the Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet in 2005.
Phil Stocker at the National Sheep Association (NSA) said: “NSA met with Ms Villiers a few months ago, in response to our concerns about her extreme stance on animal welfare. We are looking forward to meeting her again soon to ensure she is as well informed as possible and can continue the work being done within Defra on a number of topics, including the priority issue of Brexit.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed today that Robert Goodwill, Farming Minister, stays in his post. While reasonably new to the role, Mr Goodwill will represent some continuity at this time of huge upheaval.”