Theresa Villiers, a former Northern Ireland Secretary, has been appointed as the new Defra Secretary in Boris Johnson’s first Cabinet.
After a stint in which he raised Defra’s profile and set out a post-Brexit vision for UK agriculture, Michael Gove has left the Department to take up the role of Cabinet Secretary, including a specific remit for no deal Brexit planning.
Mrs Villiers, a former MEP and MP for Chipping Barnet in London since 2005, was Northern Ireland Secretary between 2012 and 2016. She campaigned strongly for Brexit in 2016.
She has campaigned on animal welfare issues, including supporting CIWF’s campaign to ‘End the cage’ and ending live exports. She is a supporter of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation.
She enters Mr Johnson’s Cabinet as part of the biggest Ministerial shake-up ever during a Government term.