Lord de Mauley's ministerial roles at Defra divided up between three new figureheads

Defra has spilt Lord de Mauley's ministerial roles between Rory Stewart MP, who replaces Dan Rogerson, George Eustice MP, who keeps his post after the election, and Lord Gardiner of Kimble, who will be Lords spokesperson for Defra but will have no ministerial post.

A Defra representative said De Mauley's portfolio, which included Kew, plant health and the ornamentals round table, will continue but Lord Gardiner will not be given a ministerial role.

Stewart will cover environment, floods and water, resource and environmental management and rural affairs. He will have lead responsibility for the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Forestry Commission.

Lord Gardiner's lead responsibilities will include biosecurity and landscape.

Eustice will cover food and farming, animal health and welfare, marine and fisheries, science and innovation and better regulation.

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