Coffey leaves Defra for new role at DWP

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DWP secretary of state Thérèse Coffey

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey has left her role at Defra to become secretary of state at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Coffey takes up the role following Amber Rudd’s resignation over the weekend.

Coffey was instrumental in overseeing large policy changes at Defra, including The 25-Year Environment Plan, Resources & Waste Strategy, and the Clean Air Strategy.

She has previously been praised for her consistency at Defra following years of ‘ministerial merry-go-round’.

Prior to her appointment, Coffey was under secretary of state at Defra from July 2016 to July 2019 and was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.

She has also served as deputy leader of the House of Commons, sat on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee and parliamentary private secretary to Michael Fallon while he was minister for Business and Energy.

Her new role means she will take overall responsibility for the government’s work in State Pension and support people of working age, employers, families and children.

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