Therese Coffey returns to Defra as Secretary of State
Rt. Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP is to return to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in Rishi Sunak’s new cabinet.
Coffey returns to the department where she previously held posts, firstly as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State from July 2016 to July 2019. Prior to that she was Defra Minister of State from July and September 2019.
Commenting on her appointment Tony Goodger at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers told Meat Management: “As a Minister representing a rural constituency the new Secretary of State will already have a good understanding of the issues which the farming and food processing sector are facing.
“Being a Suffolk MP we trust that she will immediately look to support the poultry sector who are facing the challenges of Avian Influenza, increased costs of production and the possibility that cheap poultry which may have been produced with contaminated fee in Poland, might find its way to the UK.
“We also hope that she will address the issue of labour shortages and burdensome regulation to help our industry remain competitive.”