Corbyn appoints vegetarian as shadow farming minister

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed veteran Stroud MP David Drew as the new shadow farming minister in a reshuffle of his junior ministers.

Drew, who retained in his seat in last month’s General Election, will serve under Sue Hayman, who has kept her position as Shadow Defra Secretary.

A vegetarian and former member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Drew has always had a strong political interest in countryside and farming issues. He has, for example, been a vociferous opponent of badger culling and fox hunting over the years.

He said: “I will take a particularly close interest in the reform of agriculture, partly because of my long-term interest in farming but also because of the nature of the Stroud constituency.”

He said it was an “unexpected elevation’. “I am now doing a job I have always wanted to do but never thought it would come round to me,” he said.

“It is a big time to be taking on this role as we are re-writing agricultural policy due to Brexit so we will have to see what we can do.”

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