Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • air quality
  • floods, water and waterways
  • 25 Year Environment Plan
  • natural environment, including biodiversity, the marine environment, and international wildlife trafficking
  • resource and environment management

Current role holder: Thérèse Coffey MP

Thérèse Coffey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 17 July 2016. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.

Education

Thérèse graduated from University College London (UCL) with a PhD in chemistry.

Political Career

Thérèse Coffey served as Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from May 2015 until July 2016.

Thérèse served on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee until she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Energy.

Thérèse has campaigned on stopping the A14 toll, improving NHS experience for patients and better broadband.

Career outside politics

Thérèse worked for the international company Mars. When Thérèse qualified as a chartered management accountant, she became Finance Director for a UK subsidiary of Mars. She has also worked at the BBC.

Personal life

Thérèse enjoys watching football, gardening and music, especially Muse. She is a CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) member.

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  3. Government to fund local authority plans to tackle air pollution

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  4. Gove calls for 30 per cent of world’s oceans to be protected by 2030

    • Press release
  5. National Drought Group – Chairman’s Statement – September 2018

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  6. Grass greener, but rain needed to reduce drought-risk for 2019

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  7. New outreach centre launched to help boost wildlife

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  8. Grants for creating woodland available all year round

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  10. State of the art greenhouse unveiled in Cheshire

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