The Daily Telegraph

Fears for animal rights after Goldsmith sacked

- By Daniel Martin deputy political editor

LORD GOLDSMITH has been sacked as an environmen­t minister amid fears animal rights could be downgraded.

The peer has been removed from his post covering domestic animal welfare, but will retain another position at the Foreign Office, where he is minister of state for the Pacific and internatio­nal environmen­t.

It comes after Lord Goldsmith, who backed Liz Truss for the leadership, attacked Mark Spencer, who has been made minister of state in the environmen­t department.

He tweeted: “Rishi Sunak has evidently agreed to make Mark Spencer the next Defra secretary of state. Mark was the biggest blocker of measures to protect nature, biodiversi­ty, animal welfare.”

He added: “He will be our very own little Bolsonaro” in a reference to the authoritar­ian Brazilian president.

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