Newly appointed minister to speak on parks at Burgess Park event

Newly appointed junior communities minister Stephen Williams MP is expected to talk about the Government's view of green space at an event to be held at London's Burgess Park tomorrow.

The winner of the Green Flag People’s Choice Award will also be announced at the event.

Williams, Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West, was given the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State job at the Department for Communities and Local Government in yesterday’s reshuffle. He replaces Don Foster who has been moved to the role of Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and who was originally booked for the event.

Department of Health Deputy Chief Medical Officer David Walker, London Borough of Southwark’s cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling councillor Barrie Hargrove and the chief executive of Groundwork Sir Tony Hawkhead will also speak at the Local Environments Matter event.

At Defra, Owen Paterson remains Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs but Lib Dem David Heath has lost his job as Minister of State for Agriculture and Food. Conservative Newbury MP Richard Benyon also lost out and is no longer Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the department.

North Cornwall Lib Dem MP Dan Rogerson and Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth George Eustice have been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretaries in their place. Eustice comes from a farming family which has an interest in education, opening their farm to 3,000 visiting school children a year.

In a separate move, it was announced that Maria Eagle MP has replaced Mary Creagh as shadow environment secretary.


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