Shropshire and countryside communities generally have been crying out for there to be somebody in a relevant role in Government who is of them, understands them and has a finger on the pulse for rural issues.
With North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson, a square peg has now been put in a square hole.
An apprenticeship as Northern Ireland Secretary is the toughest going in British politics, and Mr Paterson has distinguished himself by his calm authority.
In David Cameron’s reshuffle, he now becomes Environment Secretary. The full title of this post gives the clue as to why he is particularly suited to it – Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Unlike those who achieve government office and find themselves in roles in which they have no background or experience, Mr Paterson has a lifetime’s experience. In the political sense, his involvement in agricultural issues dates from the time he was first elected in 1997. Later, as shadow minister for agriculture, fisheries and food, he highlighted the growing crisis in the dairy industry caused by bovine TB.
What he brings to the table is understanding and knowledge, but also some good, old-fashioned, Shropshire common sense. These are qualities to be valued in issues such as the debates over wind farms, alternative energy and power pylons across the countryside.
A right winger, expect some friction with his Lib Dem colleagues in this increasingly intemperate coalition agreement. He can be trusted to speak his mind without fear and favour.
Despite reaching the higher echelons of government, he has continued to fulfil his role as a local MP, being prominent in various local campaigns.
His promises to be one of Mr Cameron’s most successful appointments.
Somebody in the heart of government will now be batting for the countryside, which is good news for Shropshire and Mid Wales.