The government has confirmed Andrew Jones as its new Rail Minister.
MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones takes over from Jo Johnson, after his predecessor’s shock resignation from the cabinet due to the Brexit deal offered by the Prime Minister.
Mr Johnson said he would push for a second referendum ahead of the current deal the Prime Minister will try to push through Parliament, and accused the choice as one between “vassalage and chaos.”
The role of Rail Minister is currently very busy indeed; in November, Mr Johnson confirmed that a short term repayable financing package will be handed to Crossrail.
His resignation will have caught the government unaware and the shock loss meant the government had to respond quickly.
They have done so by appointing Andrew Jones, who has most recently held the post Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, where he served between June 2017 to January 2018.
He does have experience within the Department for Transport (DfT), having previously held the position of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for two years.
His appointment has been welcomed by the Railway Industry Association (RIA), the voice of the UK rail supply community.
Its Chief Executive, Darren Caplan, hopes the new appointment will be a “keen ally.”
He said: “I would like to congratulate Andrew Jones on his new appointment as Rail Minister and welcome him to the industry on behalf of the rail supply community.
“As someone who has previous experience in the Department for Transport, we hope he will be a keen ally of rail and look forward to working with him at this important time for our rail network.
“We look forward to working with Andrew Jones and DfT on these issues in the coming months and years ahead, in order that we can continue to deliver the best for passengers and freight users, and the wider UK economy.”