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Brown appoints Hilary Benn as Environment Secretary

On his first full day as Prime Minister, Gordon Brown announced Hilary Benns appointment as the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary following David Milibands move to become Foreign Secretary.

Benn had previously been Development Secretary and in the recent Labour Party deputy leader contest was one of the favourites to win, although Harriet Harman eventually took the position.

As well as major Cabinet changes, the Prime Minister announced some structural reorganisations, including the creation of a Business Council for Britain, which will deal with "significant new opportunities" arising from economic globalisation.

Also newly created, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform will work inline with the Business Council to create the conditions for business success.

Other changes include the formation of two more new departments: the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills and the Department for Children, Schools and Families.


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