Jones and Ahmed remain, while Perry and Goodwill leave the DfT

12.00 | 18 July 2016 |

Patrick McLoughlin, Claire Perry and Robert Goodwill have left the DfT since Theresa May become prime minister, while Andrew Jones and Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon remain at the department and are joined by Chris Grayling, John Hayes and Paul Maynard.

As reported here last week Chris Grayling is the new transport secretary, replacing Patrick McLoughlin who is now Conservative Party chairman.

John Hayes (second left in pic), MP for South Holland and the Deepings, returns to the DfT as minister of state. This is a familiar role for Mr Hayes, who previously held the post in 2014 before being moved to the Home Office as minister for security after the 2015 general election.

Mr Hayes’ local newspaper, Spalding Today, says his responsibilities will include HS2, local connectivity (including smart ticketing, buses, taxis, light rail and trams), future transport and the natural environment.

While Andrew Jones and Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon remain at the department, it is not yet clear what their responsibilities will be.

Mr Jones (second right) has been roads and road safety minister since joining the DfT following the general election in May 2015. He participated via video link in the 2015 National Road Safety Conference, and presented in person at Young Driver Focus 2016.

New to the DfT is Paul Maynard, who has been MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys since 2010. Mr Maynard (left in pic) sat on the Transport Committee between 2010-2012 and the Work & Pensions Committee from 2014 to 2015.

Claire Perry resigned her post at the DfT last week after saying she was ‘often ashamed to be the rail minister’. Ms Perry had been the public face of the government during the recent problems associated with the Southern railway franchise.

Robert Goodwill, who previously held responsibility for cycling and walking and HS2, has left the DfT to become minister of state for immigration at the Home Office.



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