Theresa Villiers has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet. She replaces Michael Gove.

Villiers served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from September 2012 until July 2016. Previously she served as Minister of State for Transport from May 2010 until September 2012. Theresa was elected the Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet in 2005.

Ian Wright CBE, FDF chief executive said: “We are very much looking forward to working with the new Secretary of State and building on our extremely positive relationship with Defra.

”As set out in the industry’s Plan for Success – we eagerly anticipate the creation of a much needed National Food Strategy which encourages growth, respect for food and drink as an essential resource, and which drives sustainable consumption and production.

”Alongside partners from the Food and Drink Sector Council, we stand ready to deliver a thriving and productive UK food and drink industry which boosts the UK economy and provides abundant choice for shoppers.”