Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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United Kingdom
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Incumbent
Liz Truss

since 15 July 2014
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Style The Right Honourable
Appointer Elizabeth II
Inaugural holder Margaret Beckett
Formation 8 June 2001
Website ww2.defra.gov.uk/
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Her Majesty's Principal Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is a UK cabinet-level position in charge of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the successor to the positions of Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Responsibilities[edit]

The Secretary of State has three main responsibilities at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to:

  • bear overall responsibility for all Departmental issues.
  • represent the UK at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council and at the EU Environment Council.
  • lobby for the UK in other international negotiations on sustainable development and climate change.

Secretaries of State[edit]

Secretary of State for the Environment (1970–1997)[edit]

Name Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Peter Walker 15 October 1970 5 November 1972 Conservative Edward Heath
Geoffrey Rippon 5 November 1972 4 March 1974 Conservative
Anthony Crosland 5 March 1974 8 April 1976 Labour Harold Wilson
Peter Shore 8 April 1976 4 May 1979 Labour James Callaghan
Michael Heseltine 5 May 1979 6 January 1983 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Tom King 6 January 1983 11 June 1983 Conservative
Patrick Jenkin 11 June 1983 2 September 1985 Conservative
Kenneth Baker 2 September 1985 21 May 1986 Conservative
Nicholas Ridley 21 May 1986 24 July 1989 Conservative
Chris Patten 24 July 1989 28 November 1990 Conservative
Michael Heseltine 28 November 1990 11 April 1992 Conservative John Major
Michael Howard 11 April 1992 27 May 1993 Conservative
John Gummer 27 May 1993 2 May 1997 Conservative

Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions (1997–2001)[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
John Prescott John Prescott on his last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007.jpg 2 May 1997 8 June 2001 Labour Tony Blair
Ministers of State responsible for the Environment:

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2001–present)[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett May 2007.jpg 8 June 2001 5 May 2006 Labour Tony Blair
David Miliband David Miliband 11 April 2007 cropped.png 5 May 2006 27 June 2007 Labour
Hilary Benn Hilary Benn.jpg 28 June 2007 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown
Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Official.jpg 12 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative David Cameron
(Coalition)
Owen Paterson Owen-Paterson.jpg 4 September 2012 14 July 2014 Conservative
Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth truss2014.jpg 15 July 2014 Incumbent Conservative

See also[edit]