Thursday, 28 June 2007 12:01

Hilary Benn is new Defra secretary

Written by  Ruralcity Media
ImageHilary Benn has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Mr Benn, MP for Leeds Central, was appointed was announced in a government reshuffle by Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Thursday (28 June).

He replaces David Miliband, who becomes Foreign Secretary.

Previously Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Benn was born in 1953 and attended Holland Park Comprehensive School.

He received a degree from the University of Sussex in 1974 and went on to serve for 20 years on Ealing Borough Council

The government reshuffle included changes to three other Defra ministers.

Phil Woolas, Joan Ruddock and Jonathan Shaw all become junior Defra ministers. Their responsibilities will be announced later.

Lord Rooker retained his post as minister of state for food and farming.

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