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Cameron thanked for sacking environment secretary

Top names gone from Cameron administration.
By Daniel J. Graeber   |   July 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM   |   Comments

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LONDON, July 15 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron was right to bring a new face to the government's environmental body, British Friends of the Earth said Tuesday.

Cameron's administration reshuffled several key ministerial positions Tuesday.

The prime minister sacked Owen Paterson as secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs. Paterson was criticized for his controversial stance on climate issues.

"David Cameron is right to give Owen Paterson the boot -- he's the worst Environment Secretary the U.K. has had for decades," Friends of the Earth Executive Director Andy Atkins said in a statement.

Friends of the Earth said Paterson had "willfully ignored" evidence of climate change. Paterson was replaced by Liz Truss.

"We hope she will mark a clean break with Owen Paterson by listening to science and striving for evidence-based decision making," Atkins said.

William Hague's decision to stand down as foreign minister was among the more high-profile re-appointments.

Minister of Energy and Climate Change Greg Barker resigned and was replaced by Matthew Hancock.

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