Boris Johnson appoints Grant Shapps as Secretary of State for Transport - two new Under-Secretaries

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In heatwave July on Thursday 25th Boris Johnson appointed a new Secretary of State for Transport.

MP for Welwyn Hatfield since 2005 Grant Shapps takes the top job at DfT.

Friday saw two more new Transport Ministers appointed as the department looks set for a clean sweep.

A new Secretary of State for Transport

Grant Shapps chairs the British Infastructure Group of MPs; the group is pro aviation and high-speed internet.

He voted for HS2 and spoke in support of Heathrow's new runway. Born 1968, age 50, his is a former minister for the Dept for International Development.

He is regarded as having a different background to many of his Tory peers.

He was born in Watford and educated at a local grammar school, before going on to Manchester Polytechnic to study business and finance. He later set up his own successful printing business.

A former 'remainer' in the Brexit debate, he has since said he is backing Brexit "as hard as you like".

Mr Shapps, a father-of-three, was elected MP for Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire in 2005.


The new Transport Ministers arrived Friday afternoon

The reshuffle at the Department for Transport continued Friday afternoon as Prime Minister Boris Johnson named Chris Heaton-Harris and George Freeman as new ministers.

George Freeman was appointed Friday as a junior DfT minister. In a Tweet, Mr Freeman said he was ‘honoured & fired up’ to have been appointed by the new Prime Minister, adding he wanted to ‘turbo-charge an economy that is genuinely working to spread access to opportunity for all.

George William Freeman MP is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk since 2010. He was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Life Sciences in July 2014.


Chris Heaton-Harris replaces Michael Ellis, who lasted just over two months in the role.

Mr Heaton-Harris, who is the MP for Daventry, was previously a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from July 2018 until April 2019.

Last modified on Monday, 29 July 2019 10:21