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Therese Coffey appointed as junior Defra minister

18 July 2016

Therese Coffey has been appointed as a junior minister at Defra to replace Rory Stewart, who has moved to the Department for International Development. Details of Dr Coffey's role have not yet been confirmed, but the post previously included responsibility for floods, the natural environment and rural affairs.

An Overview of the New Cabinet

14 July 2016

Following the appointments made by the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, last night and today, the Cabinet has been confirmed as follows:-

  • Chancellor - Philip Hammond
  • Foreign Secretary - Boris Johnson
  • Home Secretary - Amber Rudd
  • 'Brexit' Secretary - David Davis
  • Defence Secretary - Michael Fallon
  • International Trade - Liam Fox
  • Justice Secretary - Liz Truss
  • Leader of the Lords - Baroness Evans
  • Health Secretary - Jeremy Hunt
  • Education Secretary - Justine Greening
  • Transport Secretary - Chris Gayling
  • Culture Secretary - Karen Bradley
  • Environment Secretary - Andrea Leadsom
  • Work and Pensions Secretary - Damian Green
  • Communities and Local Government - Sajid Javid
  • Northern Ireland Secretary - James Brokenshaw
  • Welsh Secretary - Alun Cairns
  • Scottish Secretary - David Mundell
  • Party Chairman - Patrick McLoughlin
  • Leader of the Commons - David Lidington
  • Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - Greg Clark
  • International Development - Priti Patel

New Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

14 July 2016

It has been announced that Greg Clark has been appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in charge of a new Department which merges the Department of Energy and Climate Change with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Responsibility for universities moves from DBIS back to the Department for Education.

Leadsom appointed as Environment Secretary

14 July 2016

Andrea Leadsom has been appointed as the new Environment Secretary, replacing Liz Truss.

Other appointments made:-

  • Work and Pensions Secretary - Damian Green
  • Transport Secretary - Chris Grayling

Further Cabinet Appointments Made

14 July 2016

Following last night's announcements, Theresa May has continued to form her Cabinet today:-

  • Health Secretary - Jeremy Hunt
  • Justice Secretary - Liz Truss
  • Education Secretary - Justine Greening
  • Chief Whip - Gavin Williamson
  • Conservative Party chairman and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster - Patrick McLoughlin

UK Interest Rates held at 0.5%

14 July 2016

14th July 2016: The Bank of England has held UK interest rates at 0.5%, despite speculation that they may have been cut.

Cabinet Reshuffle - The Story So Far

13 July 2016

The new Cabinet announcements made this evening have been:-

  • Chancellor - Philip Hammond
  • Foreign Secretary - Boris Johnson
  • Home Secretary - Amber Rudd
  • Brexit Secretary - David Davis
  • International Trade Secretary - Liam Fox
  • Defence Secretary - Michael Fallon remains in this role

It is unlikely that there will be any further announcements made today in terms of Cabinet membership.

Davis appointed as new Brexit Secretary

13 July 2016

David Davis has been appointed as the Brexit Secretary heading up a newly created Brexit department.

Former Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd, is new Home Secretary

13 July 2016

Amber Rudd has been confirmed as the new Home Secretary. Her former role was as Energy and Climate Change Secretary 

Hammond appointed as new Chancellor

13 July 2016

Following Theresa May taking up the role of Prime Minister earlier today, she has begun to announce her new Cabinet and has appointed Philip Hammond, the former Foreign Secretary, as the new Chancellor following the resignation of George Osborne. Boris Johnson has been given the role of Foreign Secretary.

Leadsom withdraws from Conservative leadership election

11 July 2016

Andrea Leadsom has withdrawn from the Conservative Party leadership election earlier today, leaving Theresa May as the only remaining candidate. The Conservative Party board will now be consulted before Mrs May is formally confirmed as the new party leader. Further information is available on the BBC News webpages.

Scotland has made BPS 2015 payments to more than 17,700 claimants

01 July 2016

The Scottish Rural Economy Secretary has today confirmed that over 17,700 claimants have received their BPS 2015 payment. Further information is available on the Scottish Government website.

BVD Free Campaign launches in England

01 July 2016

A voluntary scheme has been launched today in England to help with the eradication of bovine viral disease (BVD). Farmers are being encouraged to sign up to the scheme. Further information can be found on the BVD Free website.

Boris Johnson is not pursuing Conservative leadership role

30 June 2016

Boris Johnson has given a speech earlier today in which he ruled himself out of the Conservative Party leadership role. Nominations for candidates closed at noon today and the five candidates are:-

  • Theresa May
  • Stephen Crabb
  • Liam Fox
  • Michael Gove
  • Andrea Leadsom

The first vote from MPs is due to take place next Tuesday (5th July 2016) with the candidate with the fewest votes being eliminated. A further vote should then take place next Thursday (7th July 2016) and if more than two candidates remain at that stage, the voting will continue until only two candidates remain. Those two candidates are then put forward for a vote by the wider membership of the Conservative Party and a new leader should then be elected. The Conservative Party board has recommended that the new leader be declared on 9th September 2016. For further information, please see the BBC News webpages.

Permanent Secretary appointed as head for new EU Unit

30 June 2016

Oliver Robbins has been appointed as Permanent Secretary of the new EU Unit in the Cabinet Office. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

New shadow Defra Minister announced

27 June 2016

Labour has announced that the former Shadow Defra Minister, Kerry McCarthy, has resigned. She has been replaced by Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, whose background is in health and the NHS.

CAAV AGM 2016 elects new Presidential Team

27 June 2016

The 2016 CAAV AGM, held at the Alton Towers Resort Hotel in Staffordshire, saw the election of a new Presidential Team for 2016/17. The new President is Nick Millard from Somerset, who works with Michelmore Hughes and lectures at Reading University. The Senior Vice-President, James Dick, is based in Aberdeen, where his runs his own consultancy business. Geoff Coster, of the Valuation Office Agency in Shropshire, was elected as Junior Vice-President.

Wales confirms success of BPS 'online-only' applications

09 June 2016

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the first year of BPS 'online-only' applications has been a success with 16,252 applications received by 16th May 2016 deadline. Further information is available on the Welsh Government website.

Carwyn Jones appointed as First Minister in Wales

18 May 2016

Carwyn Jones has been appointed as First Minister in Wales. Further details of the election results can be found on the National Assembly for Wales website.

National Trust seeks farming tenant for Great Orme for £1 annual rent

18 May 2016

The National Trust is looking for a farming tenant to take on a 10 year Farm Business Tenancy at Parc Farm, Great Orme in North Wales. The rent will be £1 per annum as the farm has to be managed with a specific focus on conservation. Further information about applying for the tenancy is available on the National Trust website. A shortlist will be drawn up during mid-June with interviews being held on 5th July 2016.

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