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New Water minister expected to be named as Dan Rogerson

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Dan Rogerson MPIn last week’s reshuffle Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson was promoted fom the backbenches to a ministerial role within Defra, alongside Tory MP George Eustice.

Eustice was initially named as the new water minister on the website, but it has not been confirmed by Defra as yet and it is rumored to be Rogerson that takes on the role.

A spokesperson from Defra insisted that “it is not unusual” for it to take a couple of week to sort out the ministerial portfolios, adding “it is just one of those things”.

Neil Dhot, spokesman for Water UK, said the fact that the water brief has not yet been decided “is not a concern at all” because they know the minister will be either Eustice or Rogerson.

He also said “The [Water] Bill is there – we’re about to have second reading – so we know exactly what the government’s agenda is, and we’re working to the price review so we’re very clear in what Ofwat wants as well, and the environment agency.

“So in that sense, the industry knows what is required of it at the moment.”

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