Changes at the Department for Transport

Today saw a major cabinet reshuffle in the UK government and this included changes at the Department for Transport where the top job changed hands and a new face was also seen in the Junior Minister ranks.

Justine Greening had been the Secretary of State for Transport for less than year and it has been widely reported that her move to become Secretary of State for International
Development is as a result of her opposition towards a third runway at Heathrow Airport. Her replacement at the DfT is Patrick McLoughlin, the MP for Derbyshire Dales who was previously Chief Whip.

Also joining the department is Simon Burns who becomes Minister of State for Transport. Norman Baker – who seems to deal with the majority of the light rail issues – retains his role as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport.

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