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Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner appointed Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs





Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner has been appointed Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Labour MP was re-elected for a fourth term at last Thursday’s General Election, but this will be first serving in government.

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner at Westminster. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner at Westminster. Picture: Keith Heppell

First elected in 2015, when he ousted Liberal Democrat Julian Huppert, Mr Zeichner was re-elected in 2017 and 2019. He stormed to victory with 46.6 per cent of the vote in last week’s General Election as Labour recorded its landslide win nationally.

Downing Street confirmed on Monday that Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer had appointed a number of ministers to form his administration, including Mr Zeichner, who role will cover areas including food, the environment, farming and fisheries.

Mr Zeichner held the shadow post since January 2020. He led for the Labour Party in Parliament on the Agricultural Bill in 2021 and was a member of the committee scrutinising the Environment Bill.

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer hosted his first Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Saturday. Picture: Chris Eades/The Sun
Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer hosted his first Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Saturday. Picture: Chris Eades/The Sun

Welcoming him to the role, National Farmers’ Union deputy president David Exwood wrote on X: “Congratulations Daniel. I look forward to working with you. We appreciate the engagement you’ve had with the agriculture industry over a number of years and the understanding you bring to the role.”

Here are all the ministers who have been confirmed in office by Downing Street:

The Cabinet

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer hosted his first Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Saturday. Picture: Chris Eades/The Sun
Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer hosted his first Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street on Saturday. Picture: Chris Eades/The Sun

Prime Minister – Sir Keir Starmer
Deputy Prime Minister and Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary – Angela Rayner
Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rachel Reeves
Home secretary – Yvette Cooper
Foreign secretary – David Lammy
Defence secretary – John Healey
Justice secretary – Shabana Mahmood
Science secretary – Peter Kyle
Health secretary – Wes Streeting
Environment secretary – Steve Reed
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – Pat McFadden
Commons leader – Lucy Powell
Lords leader – Baroness Smith of Basildon
Business secretary – Jonathan Reynolds
Energy secretary – Ed Miliband
Work and pensions secretary – Liz Kendall
Education secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities – Bridget Phillipson
Transport secretary – Louise Haigh
Culture secretary – Lisa Nandy
Northern Ireland secretary – Hilary Benn
Scottish secretary – Ian Murray
Welsh secretary – Jo Stevens
Chief whip – Sir Alan Campbell
Treasury chief secretary – Darren Jones
Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office – Nick Thomas-Symonds
Attorney General – Lord Richard Hermer

Departmental ministers (with portfolios where confirmed)

– Cabinet Office
Ellie Reeves

– Treasury
Lord Livermore – financial secretary

– Home Office
Dan Jarvis
Dame Angela Eagle
Dame Diana Johnson

– Foreign Office
Anneliese Dodds – attends Cabinet as development minister
Stephen Doughty

– Defence
Lord Coaker
Maria Eagle

– Justice
Lord James Timpson – minister for prisons, parole and probation
Heidi Alexander

- Science, Innovation and Technology
Lord Patrick Vallance – minister for science
Sir Chris Bryant (jointly with Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

– Health
Karin Smyth
Stephen Kinnock

– Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Daniel Zeichner

– Business and Trade
Douglas Alexander

– Energy Security and Net Zero
Sarah Jones (jointly with Department for Business and Trade)

– Work and Pensions
Alison McGovern
Sir Stephen Timms

– Education
Anneliese Dodds – minister for women and equalities
Baroness Jacqui Smith
Catherine McKinnell

– Transport
Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill

– Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Jim McMahon
Matthew Pennycook



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