George Eustice rejoins Liz Truss at Defra

Cornwall MP George Eustice has been reappointed as minister of state at Defra as part of the new Conservative government.

The prime minister has decided the MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle should return to the job he has held since October 2013.

Mr Eustice comes from a agricultural background and his family still run a fruit farm, restaurant and farm shop in Cornwall.

They also have a herd of South Devon cattle and the country’s oldest herd of British Lop pigs.

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The Eustice family have a keen interest in educating children about agriculture and have opened their farm to 3,000 schoolchildren a year.

Mr Eustice’s reappointment means two of the key roles at Defra remain the same as before the general election, with Liz Truss also reassuming her role as Defra secretary.

Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart. © REX

They will be joined by Rory Stewart MP who has become the Parliamentary undersecretary of state at Defra.

Mr Stewart is the MP for Penrith and The Border –  a constituency in Northern Cumbria.

He is a former member of the army and has worked in the diplomatic service. He is also the treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Upland Farming and has a keen interest in rural and upland farming policy.

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