The office of the Prime Minister has now confirmed that Mr Eustice has been appointed secretary of state for Defra. He is the first Cornish MP to serve in the Cabinet for almost 40 years.
Indutry has reacted positively to the news:
CLA President Mark Bridgeman:
“We warmly welcome Mr George Eustice to his role at this pivotal time for British agriculture. As a long-standing Farming Minister, he will know the scale of the challenge ahead. We will work closely with him to help achieve the full potential of the rural economy.”
Ian Wright CBE, Chief Executive, Food and Drink Federation:
“I congratulate George Eustice on his elevation to Secretary of State. George has been a fantastic advocate for the UK’s food and drink manufacturers. We are pleased he will bring a deep understanding of the sector and our priorities to the role. The FDF and our members look forward to continuing our close work together to maximise the industry’s potential through trade, exporting, skills and sustainable growth.”
Minette Batters NFU:
“British farming is among the best in the world at producing safe, traceable and nutritious food and I look forward to working with the new Secretary of State to position British food and farming as a global leader in sustainable, high quality, climate-friendly food.