TAUNTON Deane MP Rebecca Pow has been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Ministers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Ms Pow, who was formerly the PPS to former Housing & Planning Minister Gavin Barwell, will be required to act as the eyes and ears of the Ministers in the House of Commons. Although she will be unable to have any jurisdiction over DEFRA law, she will be an important member of the team in the department.
Ms Pow said: “It is a great honour to be asked to undertake this role and I am very much looking forward to working with the whole team at DEFRA. This is an area I am particularly interested in, have worked in for much of my career and have been highly involved in since being elected in 2015.
“To get involved at a time when the Brexit negotiations will be under way is particularly pertinent, since 40% of the European Union budget relates to agriculture and the environment and this will be a vital area to get right.”