Dr Julia Reid MEP said, “I am very happy that Paul has appointed me to this role. It is one that I believe I will be able to bring a rigorous scientific approach where policy is based on evidence, unlike much of environmental policy where evidence so often follows policy.

“The earth on which we walk, the water that surrounds us and underpins all life and the air which we breath cannot be more important and I look forward to working hard with Paul and the team to create the best outcomes for the country and its environment.”

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall MEP said, “Julia is a highly intelligent and respected academic whose research expertise is exactly what we need when determining the facts from the fiction concerning the environment and climate change.

“Her science PhD and analytical proficiency will be a real asset in forming future environmental policy.”