Hayes replaces Goodwill at DfT


John Hayes MP has returned to the Department for Transport (DfT) as minister of state, after prime minister Theresa May’s extensive reshuffle continued.

He has replaced Robert Goodwill, who has moved to the Home Office.

Mr Hayes was previously minister of state at the DfT between from 2014 to 2015 but after the 2015 election moved to the Home Office as minister of state (minister for security), where he worked with Ms May.

John Hayes, minister of state at the DfT

He has also held ministerial posts at the Cabinet Office, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

During his previous tenure at the DfT, Mr Hayes was responsible for roads.

In the run-up to last year’s election, he gave a speech, ‘A new aesthetic vision for the road network’, in which he referenced Nietzsche, Edmund Burke and the Boston Manor viaduct and suggested that ‘offering either an effective transport system or a clean and green environment is a false dichotomy’.

At the time of writing, no replacement had been announced for rail minister Claire Perry, who resigned last week after telling MPs she was ‘ashamed to be the rail minister’. Ms Perry remained listed as a minister on the DfT website.

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