East Anglia: Norfolk MP tipped for promotion to Environment Secretary role

Elizabeth Truss MP

Elizabeth Truss MP - Credit: Archant

Rumours are rife in Westminster that Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss will be promoted to the role of Environment Secretary in David Cameron’s second stage of his final cabinet reshuffle before next year’s general election.

It has been reported this morning that the South West Norfolk MP, who was made an early years minister in the Department for Education in 2012, will replace Owen Paterson as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Mr Paterson, who was branded the “badger basher” for his handling of the controversial badger cull to try and control TB in cattle, has been in the post since 2012.

Liz Truss would follow in the footsteps of former South West Norfolk MP Baroness Shephard who was made minister of agriculture, fisheries and food in 1993.