Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment

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

Responsibilities include:

  • natural environment, including biodiversity, the marine environment, and international wildlife trafficking
  • 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

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  1. UK takes world stage in fight against marine plastic

    • News story
  2. Views sought on reward and return schemes for drinks containers

    • Press release
  3. Flood risk reduced and wildlife brimming over on the Ribble

    • Press release
  4. New fund launched to reduce litter through innovative projects

    • Press release
  5. Plan for roadside NO2 concentrations published

    • Press release
  6. £10m fund to restore peatland opens for applications

    • News story
  7. £13 million fund to increase England's woodland

    • Press release
  8. Schemes across the country to receive £15 million of natural flood management funding

    • Press release
  9. Minister celebrates world-class forest research

    • News story
  10. UK takes centre stage in global marine protection

    • Press release