New Environment Minister in Wales as Griffiths has portfolio altered

Hannah Blythyn has been named as the new Welsh Environment Minister after a reshuffle at the Welsh Government saw responsibility for Environment removed from Lesley Griffiths’s portfolio.

Griffiths will remain as Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, but the environmental portfolio has been given to Blythyn, who is officially deputy to Griffiths in the department. This means that Griffiths will no longer be responsible for waste and recycling, which has continued to go from strength to strength in Wales since she was given the role in May 2016.

Wales has continued to increase its recycling rate during Griffiths’s tenure, most recently reporting a 64 per cent recycling rate for the 12 months leading up to March 2017, up four per cent on the figure reported at the same time in 2016.