Maria Eagle replaces Mary Creagh as Labour Shadow Environment Secretary


Mary Creagh and Maria Eagle have swapped jobs in the latest reshuffle undertaken by the three main parties in Westminster.

With Mary Creagh moving to shadow at the Department of Transport, Maria Eagle has become Shadow Environment Secretary.


It is understood that Gavin Shuker MP remains the shadow minister for water and waste.

Maria Eagle served as a minister in the Labour Government from 1997 to 2010 in various departments including Health, Work and Pensions, Education and Skills, Northern Ireland and Justice.

There has also been a shake-up at Defra with Conservative Richard Benyon MP stepping down from his role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs. He had also answered questions on recycling, waste and packaging in the Commons on behalf of the minister with the portfolio Lord de Mauley who remains in his role.

Also leaving Defra is Liberal Democrat David Heath MP who was Minister of State for Agriculture and Food.

Both are replaced by Conservative MP George Eustice and Liberal Democrat Dan Rogerson and it is expected that each will take the portfolio of the colleague from their own parties.

As a result of these appointments, both George Eustice and Dan Rogerson will be required to step down from their roles serving on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in Parliament.