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Harris replaces Twigg as rail minister

RAILWAYS MINISTER Derek Twigg was last week shunted sideways to the Ministry of Defence after just one year in the post.

Twigg moved in prime minister Tony Blair's mini reshufe last week.

He replaces veteran minister Tom Watson who was one of seven ministers to resign in protest at the prime minister's refusal to name the date that he will stand down.

Glasgow South MP Tom Harris takes over Twigg's rail responsibilities.

'This is a tremendous honour and privilege,' said Harris.

'Transport is a hugely important qualityfioffilife issue for all of us, and I believe the government has a good news story to tell in this area, although obviously, there's much more to be done.'

Harris' ministerial remit includes supervising the Crossrail Bill's passage through parliament plus as light rail, walking and cycling.

MERRILY, MERRILY: Over 100 teams of construction rowers took to the waters of Regent's Park boating lake in London last week for the Tiny Britain challenge. The event, organised by Cameron Taylor Consulting Engineers, is a curtain raiser to the Little Britain regatta which starts in the Solent today (Thursday). Winner out on the rowing lake was Architect Hamilton Associates. Cameron Taylor raised £8000 for the Little Britain charities. 'The seriousness of the skippers risking their pride and joy in the Solent contrasts vividly with the hilarious sight of the very same people trying to row a 12 minute course without losing their rowlocks, ' said Cameron Taylor managing director Paul Bowkett.

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