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BREAKING NEWS, 11PM: South Holland MP John Hayes new Minister for Transport

New Minister for Transport John Hayes.
New Minister for Transport John Hayes.

It has been confirmed within the last 30 minutes that South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes is the new Government Minister for Transport.

This is a familiar role for Mr Hayes, who previously took on the job after the July 2014 reshuffle before being moved to the Home Office as Minister for Security after the 2015 general election.

His responsibilities will include the controversial high-speed HS2 rail link, cities and urban renewal, localism and devolution, local connectivity (including smart ticketing, buses, taxis, light rail and trams), accessibility and equalities, future transport and natural environment.

He will report to Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling.

FRIDAY, 6.38PM: South Holland and The Deepings MP waits for news from Number 10

South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes is one of the Government ministers still waiting to hear if he will keep his job.

New Prime Minister Theresa May has been in Scotland today (Friday) to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, which means her Cabinet reshuffle has been on temporary hold.

At this stage it appears likely that ministers will learn their fate over the weekend.

Mr Hayes has held a number of ministerial roles and was appointed Minister for Security at the Home Office in May last year.

He was first elected a Conservative MP in 1997.

• Nick Boles MP resigned from his position as Skills Minister and returned to the Conservative back benches in the wake of Mrs May being made Prime Minister on Wednesday afternoon.

The Member of Parliament for Stamford, Grantham and Bourne said: “As David Cameron prepares to visit HM the Queen and tender his resignation I want to add my voice to those praising his remarkable service as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. It was a huge privilege to be part of his Government. I want to thank him for offering me the opportunity to serve my country. I believe that this is the right time for me to return to the back benches.

“I have greatly enjoyed my time as minister for skills and minister for planning. I take particular pride in three things: the introduction of the apprenticeship levy which will encourage more employers to offer apprenticeships and increase spending on apprenticeship training by £1 billion a year by 2020; the development of the government’s Skills Plan which heralds a transformation in the status and quality of technical education in England; and the introduction of permitted development rights which have made it possible to convert thousands of under-utilised offices and agricultural buildings into desperately needed housing.

“I would also like to congratulate Theresa May on becoming Prime Minister. I am very proud to be a member of the party that has now elected two women to hold this office. I look forward to giving her my full support as she strives to make Britain a place that works for everyone, not just a privileged few. It is a noble ambition and I wish her well.”


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