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Election 2010 update: Theresa Villiers confirmed as transport minister

Former shadow transport secretary and high speed rail champion Theresa Villiers has been named as a transport minister in the new-look Department for Transport.

Villiers joins transport secretary Phillip Hammond in the DfT.

Hammond was previously Conservative shadow chief secretary to the Treasury and had been widely expected to take this role in a Conservative Government. However, the need to accommodate Liberal Democrats in a coalition saw take the transport brief, as Liberal Democrat David Laws took the chief secretary role.

Villiers has repeatedly championed high speed rail, and favours the route option that would include a station at Heathrow airport. The current preferred option as put forward under the old Labour government features a hub station west of Paddington.

Conservative Mike Penning is also expected to be made a transport minister. Penning is a former soldier and fireman, and until now has expressed little interest in transport matters. For the last three years he has served as a shadow minister for health.

Former shadow construction minister Mark Prisk has been named as minister at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). It has not yet been confirmed if his new portfolio will include construction.

Charles Hendry and Greg Baker have been named as energy ministers.

 

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