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:

  • 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

Announcements

  1. Darwin Plus: 'Bird-borne' radar for albatrosses among 17 new projects to be funded
  2. Air quality plan: letter requesting progress update
  3. Government publishes 'No deal' EU exit advice on travel changes for protected animals and plants
  4. Government to help farmers tackle air pollution in new clean air strategy
  5. Cutting food waste: game-changing fund opens
  6. Fly-tipping: New financial penalties in government fight against waste crime
  7. World-leading UK Ivory Bill becomes law
  8. Actions on Ocean Acidification – the Other CO2 Problem – Towards Realising Sustainable Development
  9. World Soil Day marks importance of healthy farmed environment
  10. Fly-tipping: New measures in government fight against waste crime