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CPRE on the General Election and cabinet reshuffle

12 June 2017

As Theresa May started to announce her new Government, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) said it was looking forward to making sure countryside issues were at the fore of policy and the Brexit negotiations.

Tom Fyans, director of campaigns and policy, and acting CEO, Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said:

“While few rural seats changed hands in the election, we now have a parliament in which MPs will be even more aware of local views and accountability. Many communities are frustrated that issues such as better protection for precious landscapes are being ignored. This election could change that.

“Michael Gove’s appointment as Defra secretary has raised a few eyebrows, including, apparently, his own. Yet he has already pledged to make sure we enhance the countryside – ‘one of our greatest assets’ – and leave our environment in stronger shape for the next generation. These are the standards Mr Gove has set, and the ones which must define his tenure. The next few years are critical for the countryside and the environment, from post-CAP farming to building on Andrea Leadsom’s very promising litter strategy. We look forward to working with Mr Gove to realise his ambitions.

“Gavin Barwell led the Government’s work on the first housing document in years that didn’t just pull apart the planning system, and which recognised that developers were simply not delivering the houses local communities need. Mr Barwell’s acumen and diligence will be missed at DCLG, but will influence Number 10. We hope newly appointed Alok Sharma, his successor as housing minister, builds on the housing white paper and focuses on prioritising genuinely affordable housing while offering greater protection for the countryside.”

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