Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment

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.


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

Responsibilities include:

  • air quality
  • floods, water and waterways
  • 25 Year Environment Plan
  • natural environment, including biodiversity, the marine environment, and international wildlife trafficking
  • 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


  1. Keep an eye out for floating pennywort this winter
  2. 388 top-rated beaches after scorching summer boosts visitors to seaside
  3. Keynote address welcoming participants to the UK and to the Global Forest Governance Forum
  4. Proposals unveiled to cut red tape for divers retrieving marine litter
  5. Van crushed for Berkshire waste offences
  6. Tree Champion: we must preserve our urban trees
  7. Major retailers help consumers be greener by burning cleaner
  8. Romford CCTV catches Pinner waste criminal in the act
  9. Government to fund local authority plans to tackle air pollution
  10. Gove calls for 30 per cent of world’s oceans to be protected by 2030