The former Conservative Shadow Environment Secretary has been awarded a position at the Ministry of Justice, instead of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Nick Herbert, who was Shadow Environment Minister until the election in May, was appointed Minister for Justice in the new coalition Cabinet, with particular responsibility for reform of the police force – a portfolio he shares with the Home Office.
The appointment comes just weeks after MRW reported that Herbert objected to the construction of the Small Dole recycling facility so close to a Downlands village, proposing to fight the plans if he were elected. Herbert did win his seat but as he has not been appointed Environment Secretary, it remains to be seen what will come of his opposition to the Focus Recycling facility.
Prior to his role as Shadow Environment Secretary, Herbert held the positions of Shadow Minister for Police Reform and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice.
Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to appoint a Minister for Recycling and Waste Management and Minister for the Environment later today.