David Mundell named UK Government's trade envoy to New Zealand – The National

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DAVID Mundell has been handed a high-profile trade role by the UK Government.

The Scottish Tory MP has been named by Liz Truss as trade envoy to New Zealand.

The former Scottish secretary is one of 10 new trade officials hired by Boris Johnson’s administration.

Other appointees include former cricketer Ian Botham, envoy to Australia, and Brexiteer Baroness Kate Hoey, envoy to Ghana.

Mundell tweeted: “Delighted to have been appointed UK Trade Envoy to New Zealand.

“So many strong links already between the UK, Scotland and my own constituency with New Zealand. Looking forward to building on them and fostering new export and investment opportunities.”

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The Scottish Tory MP, who backed Remain during the 2016 referendum, was sacked as Scottish secretary by Johnson in 2019.

Truss commented: “Delighted @DavidMundellDCT is to be our trade envoy to New Zealand.”

Here is the list of new UK trade envoys in full.

  • Lord Botham appointed to Australia
  • Baroness Hoey appointed to Ghana
  • Stephen Timms MP appointed to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
  • David Mundell MP appointed to New Zealand
  • Mark Eastwood MP appointed to Pakistan
  • Marco Longhi MP appointed to Brazil
  • Conor Burns MP appointed to Canada
  • Lord Walney [John Woodcock] appointed to Tanzania
  • Felicity Buchan MP appointed to Iceland and Norway
  • Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP appointed to Cameroon, in addition to his role as Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Egypt.

Trade minister Greg Hands said: “From Norway to New Zealand, Pakistan to Brazil, our trade envoys will help increase UK trade with some of the world’s most exciting and dynamic markets and showcase the UK as a great place to invest.”