Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Life Opportunities

Thérèse Coffey MP

Biography

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.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Life Opportunities

Responsibilities include:

  • natural environment, including biodiversity, the marine environment, and international wildlife trafficking
  • rural life opportunities, covering rural childcare, education and skills, and health
  • floods, water and waterways
  • air quality
  • resource and environment management

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Secretary of State (Deputy Leader of the House of Commons)

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. Assistant Government Whip

    • 2014 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. Environment Agency makes board appointment

    • News story
  2. £4m to boost tourist trails in Cumbria after floods

    • Press release
  3. Temporary appointment of Regional Flood & Coastal Committee Chair

    • Press release
  4. Young people leaving themselves vulnerable to flooding

    • Press release
  5. New support gives property owners better protection from flooding

    • Press release
  6. Air quality consultation launched

    • Press release
  7. New kit tested as part of major flood response exercise

    • Press release
  8. UK ban on modern day ivory sales

    • Press release
  9. Billions fewer plastic bags on the streets

    • Press release
  10. New Petitions Committee offers the public a platform to press government and Commons for action

    • Press release