Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment

Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:

  • natural environment, including biodiversity, the marine environment, and international wildlife trafficking
  • forestry, 25 Year Environment Plan
  • floods, water and waterways
  • air quality
  • 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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  1. Environment Minister visits North America to turn tide on marine plastic

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  2. New raptor persecution maps to help tackle wildlife crime

    • Press release
  3. Government funding boost for bus industry in drive to improve air quality

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  4. Call for evidence to help improve air quality launched

    • Press release
  5. New emission controls will help improve air quality

    • News story
  6. Boston Barrier tidal flood defence construction begins

    • News story
  7. New steps to tackle illegal waste and fly-tipping announced

    • Press release
  8. World-leading microbeads ban takes effect

    • Press release
  9. Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications

    • Press release
  10. Abstraction reform: further moves made towards Green Brexit

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