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Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Incumbent:
Hilary Benn MP
Style: The Right Honourable
Appointed by: Gordon Brown
as Prime Minister
First : Margaret Beckett
Formation: (8 June 2001)

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The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is a UK cabinet-level position in charge of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the successor to the positions of Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Responsibilities

The Secretary of State has three main responsibilities at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to:

  • bear overall responsibility for all Departmental issues.
  • represent the UK at the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council and at the EU Environment Council.
  • lobby for the UK in other international negotiations on sustainable development and climate change.

Previous Secretaries of State

Name Portrait Took Office Left Office Party Prime Minister
Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett May 2007.jpg 8 June 2001 5 May 2006 Labour Tony Blair
David Miliband David Miliband at the MSC.jpg 5 May 2006 27 June 2007 Labour
Hilary Benn Hilary Benn, September 2008.jpg 28 June 2007 present Labour Gordon Brown

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