There is some confusion about the future of Defra with speculation about machinery of government changes. Nick Herbert was the shadow minister but Caroline Spellman, who used to work for the NFU on sugar beet, has also been linked with the post.
Unconfirmed reports from the Scilly Isles suggest that the Liberal Democrat MP for the islands, Andrew George, might become transport secretary. There would be a certain irony in this given the close personal attention that Harold Wilson gave to transport links to his island holiday home. The Scillonian III, which Wilson secured for the islands, is about to be replaced.
However, Radio Scilly has been speculating that George will get the fisheries portfolio.