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Nick Brown gets the job of agriculture minister

27 July 1998
Nick Brown gets the job of agriculture minister

NICK Brown, the Governments chief whip, will be appointed agriculture minister in todays Cabinet reshuffle, a MAFF source has confirmed.

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Nick Brown gets the job of agriculture minister

27 July 1998
Nick Brown gets the job of agriculture minister

By FWi staff

NICK Brown, the Governments chief whip, will be appointed agriculture minister in todays Cabinet reshuffle, a MAFF source has confirmed.

Prime Minister Tony Blair plans to promote Dr Jack Cunningham, agriculture minister, to the new position of Whitehall “enforcer”. His role will be to make sure that the Prime Ministers writ runs across rival departments. He will effectively become Labours chief public spokesman.

Mr Blair also plans to promote Nick Brown to the Cabinet – handing him the department of agriculture which will be vacated by the elevation of Dr Cunningham.

Dr Cunningham was tipped for some time to be a casualty in the reworking of the Prime Ministers team. However, Mr Blair is said to be impressed by his performance in Europe where he has made inroads on getting Britains beef export ban lifted.

The Government will make these announcements later this afternoon.

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