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14.07.16

McLoughlin moved to Conservative party chair in Cabinet reshuffle

Patrick McLoughlin is no longer transport secretary as part of a widespread Cabinet reshuffle on Theresa May’s first day as prime minister.

McLoughlin, who has served as transport secretary since 2012, has been moved to the posts of Conservative party chair and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

It is not yet known who will replace him.

May formally took over as prime minister last night, after David Cameron resigned following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.

McLoughlin’s transfer comes as part of a dramatic day for the Cabinet, as reported in RTM’s sister title Public Sector Executive.

High profile announcements include the appointment of David Davis as the newly created secretary for the UK’s exit from the European Union and Boris Johnson as foreign secretary and the dismissal of Michael Gove as justice secretary.

In a speech at the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders conference on Monday, McLoughlin promised that HS2 would be delivered on time despite a critical National Audit Office report and fears for what the referendum result would mean for its future.

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John   15/07/2016 at 14:24

With McLoughlin gone, that's it. HS2 is as good as dead in its present plan. Time for a slimmed down - and much cheaper Plan B. What's that I hear you say, You haven't got one?? Stand by for a handbagging from No 10 via No 11!!

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