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Morley loses waste brief

Elliot Morley has lost his waste responsibilities at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) following the Government reshuffle.

In a new set of responsibilities, Morley now finds himself in charge of the climate change and environment responsibilities with waste relegated to junior minister Ben Bradshaw.

Parliamentary Secretary Ben Bradshaw now finds himself in charge of many of the issues that Morley was responsible for in the last Parliament.

These include waste, local environmental quality, as well as taking the lead role in planning, regional and local government issues.

But Morley will still have responsibility for energy issues as well as the Environment Agency.
Secretary of State Margaret Beckett said: "The ministerial team and I are looking forward to the important challenges which lie ahead in delivering the priorities set out in Defra's Five Year Strategy."

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