Mark Spencer has been appointed Defra Minister of State, replacing Victoria Prentis, who was in the role for over two years. The MP for Sherwood, who comes from a farming background, said he was "looking forward to supporting food production and the environment and our rural communities."
Before becoming an MP, Mr. Spencer studied at Shuttleworth Agricultural College in Bedfordshire before joining the family farm business. He became an MP in 2010 and has served on the Environmental Audit Committee and the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee.
He formerly served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to then-Defra Secretary Liz Truss and was appointed Assistant Government Whip in 2016 before becoming a full government whip in 2017
Responding to this new role, he said on Twitter: "Delighted to be joining the Defra team. Looking forward to supporting food production and the environment and our rural communities."
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