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Caroline Spelman MP

Secretary of State

Caroline SpelmanCaroline Spelman was appointed as Secretary of State on 12 May 2010.

Portfolio

  • Overall responsibility for departmental policy; particular interest in CAP reform, biodiversity and climate change
  • Strategy, budget and finances
  • Legislative programme
  • Emergencies
  • EU and international relations
  • Environment Agency
  • Natural England

Biography

Caroline Spelman has been the Member of Parliament for Meriden since 1997. In Opposition, she served in the Shadow Cabinet, covering the Environment, International Development and Communities and Local Government portfolios, as well as holding other senior posts.

Before entering Parliament, Caroline had an extensive career in the agriculture sector, with fifteen years in the agriculture industry and in-depth experience of the international arena, including as deputy director of the International Confederation of European Beet Growers and a research fellow for the Centre for European Agricultural Studies. She has also authored a book on the non-food use of agricultural products.

Caroline is fluent in French and German and holds a BA First Class in European Studies from Queen Mary College. She is married with three children.

Page published: 19 November 2010