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Grayling heads new ministerial team

 

Paul Maynard becomes rail minister

Chris Grayling has been appointed as Secretary of State for Transport following a reshuffle of cabinet posts by new Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mr Grayling, the MP for Epsom and Ewell, was previously Leader of the House of Commons and held the shadow transport brief between 2005 and 2007. He replaces Patrick McLoughlin, who held the post of Secretary of State since 2012.

The post of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for rail has been taken by Paul Maynard, the MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys. He replaces Claire Perry, who resigned from her position while the reshuffle was in progress.

Two members of the previous team remain: Andrew Jones, the MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, now holds responsibility for high speed rail (including HS2), devolution and the Northern Powerhouse, and smart ticketing, while Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon also remains in the ministerial team, with his responsibilities including the Crossrail and Crossrail 2 projects in London. John Hayes returns to the Department as Minister of State, a post he held prior to the 2015 General Election, and his responsibilities include freight and logistics and skills and innovation.

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