Hilary Benn remains Secretary of State at Efra. Jane Kennedy joins the department as Minister for Farming and the Environment, Phil Hunt joins as Minister for Sustainable Development, Climate Change Adaptation and Air Quality, and Huw Irranca-Davies joins as Minister for the Natural and Marine Environment, Wildlife and Rural Affairs. Ed Milliband leads the new Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Mike O’Brien is a Minister of State (responsibilities include renewables, carbon budget and offshore environment), Lord Hunt of Kings Heath is also a Minister of State (responsibilities include Defra liaison) and Joan Ruddock is a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (with a focus on energy consumers).

A new DCLG ministerial team has also been announced with Margaret Beckett being appointed as Minister of State for Housing, replacing Caroline Flint and Sadiq Khan joins as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, replacing Parmjit Dhanda. Peter Mandelson takes over as Secretary of State for BERR replacing John Hutton who has moved to Defence.

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