Eustice supplants Villiers as Environment Secretary

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Eustice is the MP for Camborne and Redruth and comes from a farming background

Conservative MP George Eustice has replaced Theresa Villiers as Environment Secretary in the latest parliamentary reshuffle.

Eustice was formerly the minister of state for agriculture, fisheries, and food at Defra and has worked for the department since 2013.

He is the MP for Camborne and Redruth and comes from a farming background.

Villiers was appointed Environment Secretary in July 2019, following a cabinet reshuffle.

She replaced Michael Gove and had previously worked as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and as a minister in the Department of Transport.

John Scanlon, chief executive of Suez Recycling & Recovery UK, said: “We welcome George Eustice as the new Secretary of State and look to him to continue the strong leadership displayed by recent Defra ministers.

“Mr Eustice’s long and proven track record as a minister working with Defra and in energy and environment policy teams, sends a clear and welcome message that the government is intent upon realising its environmental ambition.

“Defra is at the forefront of the government’s drive to help the UK become carbon-neutral by 2050 and we look forward to playing our part in that ambition, helping government deliver on the final stages of its Resources and Waste Strategy.

“Core to this is its three-pronged approach of extended producer responsibility schemes, deposit return schemes, and consistent collections.

“Working with other government departments, Defra can ensure the success of this plethora of new policies by establishing investable conditions in which the required system and infrastructure changes can come forward.”

Jacob Hayler, executive director of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), added: “With the appointment of George Eustice, [Defra] is getting a leader with experience who has spent significant time with the department, and who should be able to hit the ground running.

“Defra is in need of consistent and strong leadership at a critical time for the natural environment; to guide the Environment Bill through parliament; and to get the government’s vital Resources and Waste Strategy delivered.

“We would urge the new Secretary of State to place boosting recycling, and clamping down on organised, large scale, waste crime among his top priorities.

“Waste crime costs the UK economy millions, damages the legitimate waste management sector and undermines investment in sustainable new waste management infrastructure.”

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