Ruth Chambers, Green Alliance, New Defra Secretary

FOLLOWING Therese Coffey’s resignation, former Health Secretary, Steve Barclay, has been appointed as the UK’s new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Defra is often considered one of the lower ranking departments of state – indeed Steve Barclay’s appointment has been called a demotion by many media commentators – ffinlo Costain asked Ruth Chambers, a senior fellow at the Green Alliance, whether she feels that characterisation is fair?

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