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.

On 22 May 2018 David Rutley MP was appointed temporarily as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, whilst Thérèse Coffey MP recovers from a period of illness.

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. Grants for Peatlands Restoration

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  2. Government launches microplastics research to protect oceans

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  3. UK pledges protection for corals

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  4. Forensics network develops better detection methods

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  5. New requirements for farmers to improve environment for all

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  6. Government crackdown on litter louts

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  7. Cleanest lorries will pay less to use UK roads

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  8. Flood scheme boost with £36m of funding

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  9. £260 million of clean air funding launched by government

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  10. New funding scheme to improve lakes and rivers in England

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