Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Food and Animal Welfare


Responsibilities include:

  • animal welfare
  • climate change adaptation
  • EU exit readiness oversight
  • food chain - with the lead for Food and Drink Industrial Strategy
  • forestry

Current role holder: David Rutley MP

David Rutley was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 3 September 2018. He is also a Government Whip, a position he has held since 15 June 2017.


David received a BSc(Econ) from the London School of Economics and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Political career:

David was first elected to Parliament in the 2010 General Election as the MP for Macclesfield. He has previously served on the Treasury Select Committee and as Parliamentary Private Secretary to several Secretaries of State.

Career outside politics:

David spent most of his career in business and worked as a senior executive in major companies, including Asda, PepsiCo International, Halifax General Insurance and Barclays. From 1994 to 1996 he worked as a Special Advisor at the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Personal life:

David enjoys an active family life with his wife, Rachel, and their four children. He is a keen mountaineer and rock climber and enjoys skiing and bird watching.

Image credit: UK Parliament, used under Creative Commons.


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