Writtle alumnus appointed secretary of state

February 2020

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Writtle University College alumnus George Eustice, received a new appointment in February's cabinet reshuffle. The member of parliament for Camborne and Redruth became the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra).

Mr Eustice comes from a farming background. His family still run a fruit farm, restaurant and farm shop in Cornwall where they also have a herd of South Devon cattle and the country's oldest herd of the rare breed of pig, the British Lop.

He served on the EFRA Select Committee from 2010 and was previously Minister of State for Defra from May 2015 to February 2019. In early February 2020, he took the government's Agriculture Bill through its Second Reading in Parliament.

Mr Eustice studied Commercial Horticulture at Writtle between 1990 and 1993 and went into the family fruit business for several years before embarking on his political career.

He enjoyed his time at Writtle, previously saying: "I had a great time there; I really enjoyed it and learnt a huge amount. I've got fond memories - the Summer Ball was, well, a real ball! I still keep in touch with people from my course. Many of them are still working in the industry."