Concerns mount over Andrea Leadsom’s suitability for environment role

Andrea Leadsom, the new environment secretary. ‘She has no instincts for [the environment] and no knowledge of it.’

Andrea Leadsom’s appointment as environment secretary has raised significant concerns among senior environmental and agricultural figures over her suitability for the role.

Leadsom’s lack of top-level political experience, absence of track record in farming or environmental areas and ideological approach to policy are all cited as fears. However, her junior ministers are viewed more favourably in terms of tackling the enormous challenges faced by her department.