The Daily Telegraph says it understands Owen Paterson has lost his job as environment secretary in the latest cabinet reshuffle.
“It is understood that Owen Paterson has lost his role as environment secretary in the shake-up, Mr Cameron’s most significant since taking control of the Conservative Party,” the paper said on its website. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10967111/Reshuffle-Ken-Clarke-out-as-David-Cameron-prepares-to-promote-women.html
According to the Evening Standard “Friends of Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said there would be “fury” in the countryside if the right winger was axed. Lord [Greville] Howard of Rising, said “There are 12 million voters in the countryside and they will be absolutely furious if he is moved.””