Gove gets the environment post in May's reshuffle


Prime minister, Theresa May yesterday made the surprise appointment of Michael Gove to the environment brief as part of her Cabinet reshuffle following the loss of her majority on 8 June. Gove (pictured) is seen as an action-taker and could prove a disruptive force for change in his new department.

We wait to see who will occupy the crucial post for our sector – water minister. Its pre-election occupier Therese Coffey was comfortably returned in her Suffolk Coastal seat and is understood to be popular with the prime minister, so could return. Likewise we await the shadow Cabinet reshuffle.

Though Labour confounded expectations in putting on 30 seats, Jeremy Corbyn's manifesto pledge to renationalise the water industry now seems a distant prospect. However, the political situation is frail and while May insists she plans to serve a full five-year term, some pundits are predicting we'll be back at the polls before a tear is out.