UK farm and fisheries minister George Eustice, a key FWD contact within the Government, has retained his job at Defra following new prime minister Theresa May’s government reshuffle.
Mr Eustice (pictured above, at the Parliamentary launch of the FWD’s The Whole Story report in 2014), who has been in post since 2013, will work alongside newly appointed Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom in the role of Minister of State for Defra. Both Mr Eustice and Ms Leadsom are keen Brexiteers who campaigned for a leave vote ahead of the EU Referendum last month.
They will be joined by two junior ministers at the department – Lord Gardiner of Kimble returns as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, while Therese Coffey takes up the same role for the first time.
Farm leaders have been quick to lobby Ms Leadsom for current levels of farm support to be maintained following the UK’s exit from Europe.
In a statement all four UK farm unions, including NFU Scotland, called on Ms Leadsom to take hold of the “once in a lifetime opportunity” a Brexit created to develop a new agricultural policy and “a world class agricultural industry.”