Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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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 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.

Secretaries of State[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
As Secretary of State for the Environment
Peter Walker Fond blanc.svg 15 October 1970 5 November 1972 Conservative Edward Heath
Geoffrey Rippon Geoffrey Rippon (1970).jpg 5 November 1972 4 March 1974 Conservative
Anthony Crosland Ford A9572 Anthony Crosland crop.jpg 5 March 1974 8 April 1976 Labour Harold Wilson
Peter Shore Fond blanc.svg 8 April 1976 4 May 1979 Labour James Callaghan
Michael Heseltine Lord Heseltine, Deputy Prime Minister, UK (1995-97) (10559130986).jpg 5 May 1979 6 January 1983 Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Tom King Fond blanc.svg 6 January 1983 11 June 1983 Conservative
Patrick Jenkin Fond blanc.svg 11 June 1983 2 September 1985 Conservative
Kenneth Baker Kenneth Baker.jpg 2 September 1985 21 May 1986 Conservative
Nicholas Ridley Fond blanc.svg 21 May 1986 24 July 1989 Conservative
Chris Patten Chris Patten -2008-10-31-.jpg 24 July 1989 28 November 1990 Conservative
Michael Heseltine Lord Heseltine, Deputy Prime Minister, UK (1995-97) (10559130986).jpg 28 November 1990 11 April 1992 Conservative John Major
Michael Howard Michael Howard.jpg 11 April 1992 27 May 1993 Conservative
John Gummer John Gummer 2006-03-01.jpg 27 May 1993 2 May 1997 Conservative
As Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions
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:’’
As Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett May 2007.jpg 8 June 2001 5 May 2006 Labour Tony Blair
David Miliband David Miliband 2.jpg 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 14 July 2016 Conservative
David Cameron
(II)
Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom 2016.jpg 14 July 2016 11 June 2017 Conservative Theresa May
Michael Gove Michael Gove Minister.jpg 11 June 2017 Incumbent Conservative

See also[edit]