Rooker and Benn rumoured to go in cabinet reshuffle

Food and farming minister Jeff Rooker is set to stand down from government, Farmers Weekly has learnt.

In a cabinet reshuffle expected on Friday, Lord Rooker will leave his position as DEFRA minister for sustainable food and farming and animal health, a position he has held since 2006.

He was originally made minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1997.

A source close to Farmers Weekly said Lord Rooker had “had enough” of DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn’s “indecision” over food and farming issues.

He was rumoured to have offered his resignation after Benn announced his decision not to allow a badger cull to control the rising bovine TB problem in England.

The reshuffle is also expected to see Benn leave his position as DEFRA secretary, a move which will delight much of the agricultural industry.

Ed Miliband, brother of former DEFRA secretary David Miliband, has been rumoured as a possible replacement.

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