New Environment Secretary appointed in reshuffle – Friends of the Earth reaction
Reacting to the news that Steve Barclay has replaced Thérèse Coffey as Environment Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle, Paul de Zylva, nature campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:
“Thérèse Coffey’s time as Environment Secretary was mired in controversy. Her lasting legacy will be the complacency she showed in dealing with the ongoing sewage scandal, which has seen the near-complete deterioration of our precious rivers and seas.
“While she did ensure the UK played a positive role in last year’s UN biodiversity talks, she will also be remembered for unhelpful speeches that pitted the interests of farmers, business leaders and environmental groups against each other instead of working to unite them.
“Steve Barclay is picking up a brief that has been neglected throughout the majority of his party’s time in office – there is a lot of lost time to make up for. Given the dire state of nature in the UK, he must start by urgently addressing the poor performance of polluting water companies and the regulator Ofwat. He must support farmers to work in harmony with nature and slash harmful emissions, and properly resource and restore trust in the government’s wildlife and environment watchdogs.”
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