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Former Tory MP Sir John Randall becomes PM's environment advisor

Former Tory MP Sir John Randall becomes PM's environment advisor

John Ashmore

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Former Tory whip Sir John Randall has become the latest ex-MP to become an aide to Theresa May. 

Sir John, who served as MP for Uxbridge for 18 years before stepping down in 2015, will become Theresa May's special advisor on the environment. 

He also served several stints in the Tory whips' office, including as deputy chief whip for three years under David Cameron.

The Sun, which broke news of the appointment, said Sir John would play an integral role in the UK's post-Brexit farming and fisheries policy.

The Remain-backer may also be seen in some quarters as a check on the Brexiteer instincts of Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Recent reports suggested there had been a Cabinet row between Mr Gove and Chancellor Philip Hammond over the future status of Britain's fishing waters.

Sir John, whose former seat is now represented by Boris Johnson, is the fourth former Tory MP to enter the Government since June's general election.

Former Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell is now Downing St chief of staff, while former minister Jane Ellison - who lost out in Battersea - has become an advisor at the Treasury.

Stewart Jackson, a strong Eurosceptic voice on the Tory back benches in his time as MP for Peterborough, is now chief of staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis.

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