DEFRA gets a new boss

By Gary Scattergood

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It's hello Owen Paterson at DEFRA and goodbye Caroline Spelman
It's hello Owen Paterson at DEFRA and goodbye Caroline Spelman
Owen Paterson, Conservative MP for Shropshire, has been appointed secretary of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in Prime Minister David Cameron's first cabinet reshuffle.

Paterson, who replaces Caroline Spelman, was previously secretary of state for Northern Ireland.

Between 2003-05 the MP for North Shropshire was shadow agriculture, fisheries and food minister.

Jeremy Hunt

At the Department of Health, former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt replaces Andrew Lansley.

Lansley, the architect of the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal (PHRD), which is handing local authorities £5.2bn to prevent illness, is made Leader of the House.

Critics claim the PHRD is as a ‘smokescreen’ that fails to remedy a growing crisis in healthcare and wider issues affecting the food industry.

Paterson's CV

  • Born Whitchurch, Shropshire
  • Read History at Cambridge University
  • Joined family leather business, becoming md in 1994.
  • Speaks French and German.
  • Former Agriculture spokesman and “an expert on bovine TB”
  • Shadow minister for roads
  • July 2007 appointed shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland
  • May 2012 appointed secretary of state for Northern Ireland and made a privy councillor

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