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
  • forestry, 25 Year Environment Plan
  • 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. Red diesel call for evidence roundtable held with industry leaders

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  2. Major flood scheme construction underway

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  3. UK publishes latest results in tackling global climate change

    • Press release
  4. Co-operation the key to tackling pennywort

    • Press release
  5. Ivory ban could protect hippos, walruses and narwhals

    • News story
  6. New cash to fight the illegal wildlife trade

    • News story
  7. Spot check crackdown on waste carriers around London City Airport

    • Press release
  8. Grants for Peatlands Restoration

    • Press release
  9. Government launches microplastics research to protect oceans

    • Press release
  10. UK pledges protection for corals

    • Press release