Gove replaces Leadsom at Defra

Prime minister Theresa May has appointed Michael Gove as secretary of state for the environment in a cabinet reshuffle following the general election. 

The MP for Surrey Heath replaces Andrea Leadsom, who has been made leader of the House of Commons. 

Gove’s previous roles include shadow minister for housing (2005-07); shadow secretary of state for children, schools and families (2007-10); secretary of state for education (2010-14) and lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice (2015-16). He has also been government chief whip and parliamentary secretary to the Treasury (2014-15).

During his time as education secretary he tried to remove climate change from the national curriculum, but was forced to drop the plans after intervention by then climate change secretary Ed ...

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