John Gummer

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The Right Honourable John Selwyn Gummer is a British politician, and Conservative member of Parliament for Suffolk Coastal. He is also a regular columnist for the Catholic Herald.

He joined the government in 1981 as a whip. He held various junior ministerial positions at the Department of Employment, and the Department for the Environment. He was made Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1989 and stayed until 1993 when he was made Secretary of State for the Environment.

He is noted for the way he attempted to feed a beefburger to his four-year-old daughter Cordelia at the height of the BSE panic in 1990, and for delaying a ban on beef offal in 1989.

Along with Ann Widdecombe, he converted to Catholicism in 1993 in the wake of the decision to ordain women into the Anglican Church.

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Preceded by:
Vacant
Paymaster-General
1984–1985
Succeeded by:
Kenneth Clarke
Preceded by:
John MacGregor
Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
1989–1993
Succeeded by:
Gillian Shephard
Preceded by:
Michael Howard
Secretary of State for the Environment
1993–1997
Succeeded by:

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