Benyon steps down as environment minister

Environment Minister Richard Benyon has stepped down following a government reshuffle today.

Benyon said in a tweet: “On back benches! 3 and half really fun years with much achieved. Really appreciate time working with outstanding Ministers and Officials”.

He is one of a number of Ministers to resign from the Government today.

Benyon was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra, in May 2010.

Commenting on Twitter, shadow Defra secretary Mary Creagh said: “Sorry to see @RichardBenyonMP leave Govt Defra team. Hope it’s not a move by Owen Paterson to water down department’s environment enthusiasm.”