Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rt Hon George Eustice MP

Biography

George Eustice was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) from 11 May 2015 to 13 February 2020.

He was elected as the Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth in 2010.

Political career

George served on the EFRA Select Committee from 2010.

Career outside politics

Coming from a farming background, his family still run a fruit farm, restaurant and farm shop in Cornwall where they also have a herd of South Devon cattle and the country’s oldest herd of the rare breed of pig, the British Lop. The family have shown a keen interest in educating children about farming and have opened their farm to 3000 schoolchildren a year.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • departmental administration
  • emergencies
  • international relations
  • oversight of Brexit work and post-EU policy programme

More about this role

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State
  2. Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for farming, food and marine environment

Announcements

  1. Environment Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 19 May 2020
  2. New guidance on spending time outdoors
  3. Environment Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 8 May 2020
  4. £16 million for food charities to provide meals for those in need
  5. Over 1 million food boxes delivered to those most at risk from coronavirus
  6. New funding to support dairy farmers through coronavirus
  7. Marian Spain appointed new Natural England chief executive
  8. Environment Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 26 April 2020
  9. An open letter to vets to mark World Vet Day.
  10. Financial support for England’s fishing businesses unveiled