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Trudy Harrison appointed transport minister in cabinet reshuffle

Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland and transport minister

Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland, has been appointed parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport (DfT) as Rachel Maclean moves to the Home Office.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson began his cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday (September 15) with a number of high profile changes at senior level, including the firing of education secretary Gavin Williamson, before announcing new junior ministers yesterday (September 16).

Commenting on her appointment, Trudy said: “It has been the greatest honour to serve as the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) since December 2019, through dark times and good times. And prior to that, as PPS across three great Government departments - DfE, MoD and DfT. I’ve also enjoyed my time on the Education Select Committee, especially fighting for a new Whitehaven Academy school.

“But today, I received a call from the Prime Minister - he thanked me for my service, explained the new horizons ahead and wished me well on my way as a Parliamentary Under Secretary - a Transport Minister.

“With tears and emotional gratitude, I gladly accepted and very much look forward to the next chapter.”

Maclean, meanwhile, said on Twitter that after “a wonderful 18 months” at the Department for Transport she was “honoured” to have been asked by Boris Johnson to move to the Home Office.

She added: “Thank you to my superb private office and excellent team at DfT.”

Grant Shapps has remained as secretary of state for transport. 

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