2022-11-24 17:21:21

Rishi Sunak hiring vegan Meera Vadher as head of green policy

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By Helena Horton

Rishi Sunak is hiring a vegan former special adviser to be his head of environmental policy as part of an effort to improve his green credentials, the Guardian can reveal.

Number 10 has approached Meera Vadher to overhaul the prime ministers image on the environment.

Sunak flip-flopped on his attendance of the Cop27 climate summit, and environmental groups ridiculed his speech to delegates as tepid, and his government has recently become embroiled in a row over solar power on farmland.

Vadher, who is expected to start work in the new year, first entered national politics in 2011 as a parliamentary assistant to the then-MP Edward Garnier, who now sits in the House of Lords. After spending time in regional politics, including working for West Midlands mayor, Andy Street, she was given a job at the Department for Health and Social Care working on the NHSs Covid test-and-trace system.

After that three-month stint, she began working on the Department for Transports green schemes, and was part of the UKs Cop26 delegation. After just over 12 months in the role, she left to become a management consultant for Flint Global last year, where she advises clients on government policy on green transport.

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