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    Steve Barclay named new Defra secretary

    Steve Barclay (Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville)

    Former health secretary Steve Barclay has been appointed secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, prime minister Rishi Sunak’s office said on Monday, as part of a reshuffle of his top team.

    He replaces Therese Coffey who resigned on Monday as Defra secretary.

    “I consider it is now the right time to step back from government,” Coffey said in a letter to Sunak which was published by his office.

    Coffey has held several ministerial jobs including health secretaryr and work and pensions secretary, and also served as deputy prime minister under Sunak’s predecessor Liz Truss.

    In a letter responding to Coffey, Sunak thanked her for “dedicated service”.

    “You have driven work across government to support the rural economy and taken measures to protect food production here at home,” Sunak said.

    Sunak reshuffled his ministerial team on Monday, including bringing back former leader David Cameron as foreign secretary and firing home secretary Suella Braverman in a bid to win over moderate voters.

    Here is the latest list of those who attend cabinet meetings:

    POSITIONMINISTER
    Foreign SecretaryDavid CameronReplaces James Cleverly
    Home SecretaryJames CleverlyReplaces Suella Braverman
    Conservative Party Chairman and minister without portfolioRichard HoldenReplaces Greg Hands
    Chief Secretary to the TreasuryLaura TrottReplaces John Glen
    Environment SecretarySteve BarclayReplaces Therese Coffey
    Health SecretaryVictoria AtkinsReplaces Steve Barclay
    Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet OfficeJohn GlenReplaces Jeremy Quin
    Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)Esther McVeyNew Position
    Attorney GeneralVictoria PrentisNo Change
    Business and Trade SecretaryKemi BadenochNo Change
    Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy HuntNo Change
    Defence SecretaryGrant ShappsNo Change
    Deputy Prime MinisterOliver DowdenNo Change
    Culture, Media and Sport SecretaryLucy FrazerNo Change
    Education SecretaryGillian KeeganNo Change
    Energy Security and Net Zero SecretaryClaire CoutinhoNo Change
    Justice SecretaryAlex ChalkNo Change
    Leader of the House of CommonsPenny MordauntNo Change
    Levelling Up, Housing and Communities SecretaryMichael GoveNo Change
    Minister for DevelopmentAndrew MitchellNo Change
    Minister for EqualitiesKemi BadenochNo Change
    Minister for ImmigrationRobert JenrickNo Change
    Minister for SecurityTom TugendhatNo Change
    Minister for Veterans’ AffairsJohnny MercerNo Change
    Science, Innovation and Technology SecretaryMichelle DonelanNo Change
    Secretary of State for Northern IrelandChris Heaton-HarrisNo Change
    Secretary of State for ScotlandAlister JackNo Change
    Secretary of State for WalesDavid DaviesNo Change
    Transport SecretaryMark HarperNo Change
    Work and Pensions SecretaryMel StrideNo Change

    (Reuters)

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