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Theresa Villiers

By Georgina Mills

Former Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers has been appointed as the new secretary of state for Defra.

Following Boris Johnson’s win to become leader of the Conservative Party – and therefore UK prime minister – Villiers was appointed by Johnson to replace former environment secretary Michael Gove last week.

Gove is now chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, a position some describe as ‘the unofficial deputy prime minister’, where he will oversee preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

Villiers was previously Northern Ireland secretary (September 2012 to …

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