Rebecca Pow MP has been appointed as the new water minister. Pow joins DEFRA as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State from the he Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport where she has been Parliamentary Under Secretary of State since May.
Pow (pictured) is MP for Taunton Deane and environmental campaigns including on plastic pollution have featured in her work.
Aside from water, Pow’s new responsibilities include: domestic natural environment; 25 Year Environment Plan; Environment Bill; climate change adaptation; co-ordination of DEFRA input to net zero; land use; floods; resource and environmental management (including waste, air quality, chemicals, litter). She is also the lead for Environment Agency and Natural England, and Commons minister for rural affairs, landscape, and adaptation.