Prime Minister Theresa May has selected Sir John Randall as her new environment advisor.

Randall stood down as a Conservative MP at the 2015 General Election.

He had served as the representative for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 1997.

Randall has previously spoken of how wildlife and bird watching “kept me sane” during his time in Westminster.

Move welcomed by environmentalists

His appointment as a special advisor on the environment with the Number 10 policy unit has been welcomed by environmentalists, with some commentators seeing him as possible balancing influence on Environmental Secretary Michael Gove, who has promised a “green Brexit”.

“Sir John is well-liked and well-trusted among MPs of all parties but particularly among many sitting Conservative MPs who have known him for a long time and seen him operate in his own quiet and sensible way,” said wildlife blogger and former RSPB Conservation Director Mark Avery.

“Let’s hope John can encourage Michael Gove to live up to his fine words.”

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