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
Michael Gove

since 11 June 2017
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Style The Right Honourable
(Formal prefix)
Environment Secretary
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, or informally Environment Secretary or DEFRA Secretary, is a United Kingdom 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.

As of June 2017, the post is held by Michael Gove.

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 United Kingdom at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council, and at the EU Environment Council.
  • lobby for the United Kingdom in other international negotiations on sustainable development and climate change.

List of Environment Secretaries[edit]

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

Secretary of State for the Environment[1]
Portrait Name Term of office Party Ministry
No image.svg Peter Walker
MBE

MP for Worcester
15 October
1970
5 November
1972
Conservative Heath
Geoffrey Rippon (1970).jpg Geoffrey Rippon
QC

MP for Hexham
5 November
1972
4 March
1974
Conservative
Ford A9572 Anthony Crosland crop.jpg Anthony Crosland
MP for Great Grimsby
5 March
1974
8 April
1976
Labour Wilson
(III & IV)
No image.svg Peter Shore
MP for Stepney and Poplar
8 April
1976
4 May
1979
Labour Callaghan
Lord Heseltine (6969083278).jpg Michael Heseltine
MP for Henley
5 May
1979
6 January
1983
Conservative Thatcher I
No image.svg Tom King
MP for Bridgwater
6 January
1983
11 June
1983
Conservative
No image.svg Patrick Jenkin
MP for Wanstead and Woodford
11 June
1983
2 September
1985
Conservative Thatcher II
Official portrait of Lord Baker of Dorking crop 2.jpg Kenneth Baker
MP for Mole Valley
2 September
1985
21 May
1986
Conservative
No image.svg Nicholas Ridley
MP for Cirencester and Tewkesbury
21 May
1986
24 July
1989
Conservative
Thatcher III
Chris Patten -2008-10-31-.jpg Chris Patten
MP for Bath
24 July
1989
28 November
1990
Conservative
Lord Heseltine (6969083278).jpg Michael Heseltine
MP for Henley
28 November
1990
11 April
1992
Conservative Major I
Official portrait of Lord Howard of Lympne crop 2.jpg Michael Howard
QC

MP for Folkestone and Hythe
11 April
1992
27 May
1993
Conservative Major II
John Gummer 2006-03-01.jpg John Gummer
MP for Suffolk Coastal
27 May
1993
2 May
1997
Conservative

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

Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
Portrait Name Term of office Party Ministry Ref.
John Prescott on his last day as Deputy Prime Minister, June 2007.jpg John Prescott
MP for Kingston upon Hull East
2 May
1997
8 June
2001
Labour Blair I [2]

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

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Portrait Name Term of office Party Ministry Ref.
Official portrait of Margaret Beckett crop 2.jpg Margaret Beckett
MP for Derby South
8 June
2001
5 May
2006
Labour Blair
II & III
[3]
David Miliband 2.jpg David Miliband
MP for South Shields
5 May
2006
27 June
2007
Labour [4]
Official portrait of Hilary Benn crop 2.jpg Hilary Benn
MP for Leeds Central
28 June
2007
11 May
2010
Labour Brown [5]
Official portrait of Dame Caroline Spelman crop 2.jpg Caroline Spelman
MP for Meriden
12 May
2010
4 September
2012
Conservative Cameron–Clegg
(Con.L.D.)
[6]
Official portrait of Mr Owen Paterson crop 2.jpg Owen Paterson
MP for North Shropshire
4 September
2012
14 July
2014
Conservative [7]
Official portrait of Elizabeth Truss crop 2.jpg Elizabeth Truss
MP for South West Norfolk
15 July
2014
14 July
2016
Conservative [8]
 
Cameron II
 
Official portrait of Andrea Leadsom crop 2.jpg Andrea Leadsom
MP for South Northamptonshire
14 July
2016
11 June
2017
Conservative May I [9]
Official portrait of Michael Gove crop 2.jpg Michael Gove
MP for Surrey Heath
11 June
2017
Incumbent Conservative May II [10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Secretary of State for Environment". Hansard 1803–2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Lord Prescott". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "Rt Hon David Miliband". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Rt Hon Michael Gove MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 23 October 2017.