Former conservative MP and Defra minister Richard Benyon has returned to the Department as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the House of Lords, following the resignation of Lord Gardiner of Kimble.

Mr Benyon, who chairs the family’s Englefield Estates in Berkshire and is a former MP for Newbury, was shadow Defra minister from 2009-10. He became a junior Defra minister when the coalition government was formed in 2010.

In 2019 he lost the conservative whip over his pro-EU views and he stood down at the general election that year.

The prime minister made him a peer in December last year – Baron Benyon of Englefield in the Royal County of Berkshire – and he has now re-joined government from the Lords with responsibilities for the environment.