Tuesday, September 05, 2017

New aide has remain background

Former deputy chief whip and remain supporter Sir John Randall has been appointed as special adviser on the environment to Theresa May. Sir John was formerly the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. In 2015 he stood down in favour of Boris Johnson.

It is expected that he will play a key role in shaping future government policy for agriculture. He is seen as an antidote to the pro-Brexit instincts of Defra secretary of state Michael Gove.

Farmers have been complaining that Gove's energetic interventions are just intended to raise his political profile, but if farming does better as a result, everyone is a winner. However, some farmers consider that he is paying too much attention to conservation and wildlife interests.

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