Thursday, 13 May 2010

MP lands cabinet post

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has landed a top Government job.

The Conservative has been appointed to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs after the Tories formed a Government with the Liberal Democrats.

The MP – whose seat includes Knowle and Dorridge – was previously local Government spokesman in the shadow cabinet.

Yet there was controversy today over the number of women in the cabinet, three. The Times said this was 'shaming'.

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In a Government press release she said: “I am delighted to have been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

“The department is responsible for many of the things that are vital to our quality of life - the food we eat, the air we breathe and how we manage the land we live on and the seas that surround our shores.

“I will work across government and beyond to respond to the challenges of increasing food production, adapting to climate change, protecting our natural environment and ensuring we live sustainably.”

The MP spent 15 years in the agriculture arena before becoming an MP.

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