Grayling replaces McLoughlin as Transport Secretary

Chris Grayling is the government’s new Transport Secretary.

New Prime Minister Theresa May spent the best part of Thursday (14 July) appointing her cabinet with Patrick McLoughlin becoming Conservative Party chairman.

Grayling has been MP for Epsom and Ewell since the 2001 General Election. Between 2003 and 2009, he held a number of Shadow frontbench posts including Shadow Higher and Further Education Minister, Shadow Leader of the House, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Home Secretary. Following the formation of the coalition government in May 2010, he was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. In September 2012 he was appointed Lord Chancellor – Secretary of State for Justice. In May 2015 he became Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council.

McLoughlin has been Transport Secretary since September 2012.

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Let’s hope we get a national transport strategy for the next 20 years from him instead of continuing with all these piecemeal bits and pieces. About time this country managed to link up road, rail and air travel and in urban areas actually make seamless travel work instead of a stream of half-thought-out ideas. And I sincerely hope we get some road safety targets so that local authorities can have some clear idea where they are supposed to be heading in terms of casualty reduction.