Gove given air pollution hot potato as Grayling keeps transport


Chris Grayling has kept his job as transport secretary after Theresa May carried out a minor post-election reshuffle, but Michael Gove has returned to the Cabinet as environment secretary.

The cabinet reshuffle on Sunday saw most senior ministers retain their jobs, including Mr Grayling.

Michael Gove was in the Cabinet until 2016

However Michael Gove, who left the Cabinet after a failed bid for the Conservative Party leadership last year, has been appointed secretary of state at environment department Defra, replacing Andrea Leadsom.

Mr Gove will have to tackle the issue of air quality, where the Government was forced to publish a draft national plan to tackle nitrogen dioxide pollution from vehicles before the election and is facing further legal action.

ClientEarth, which brought the High Court case requiring ministers to rewrite their national air quality plan, has already returned to the courts to challenge the new draft plan, even though the consultation on the plan runs until Thursday (15 June).

Defra has said it is preparing its final plan for publication by 31 July, ‘in line with the timetable directed by the Courts’.

Sajid Javid has been reappointed as secretary of state at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Former housing minister Gavin Barwell was appointed as Theresa May’s new chief of staff at the weekend, having lost his parliamentary seat at the election.


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