DfT minister replaced: Trudy Harrison arrives with decarbonisation and future freight brief

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The Department for Transport has a new junior minister – Trudy Harrison, MP for Copeland, Cumbria – who becomes parliamentary under-secretary of state (PUSS).

Crucially, she is responsible for delivering the DfT’s future transport and decarbonisation policies

She was previously Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The previous PUSS at the DfT, Rachel Maclean, moves to the Home Office as a PUSS, as Minister for Safeguarding and Afghan Resettlement.

The move is a consequence of the PM’s cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday (15 September), during which it was confirmed that Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps would remain in post.

So far, this is the only junior minister position in the DfT to be changed.

Trudy Harrison has responsibility for:

  • future of transport (including future of freight)
  • environment (including transport decarbonisation)
  • transition period activity and future relations with the EU
  • international, exports and inward investment
  • space
  • secondary legislation

Commenting on her appointment, Trudy Harrison said: “It has been the greatest honour to serve as the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) since December 2019, through dark times and good times.

“And prior to that, as PPS across three great Government departments – DfE, MoD and DfT. I’ve also enjoyed my time on the Education Select Committee, especially fighting for a new Whitehaven Academy school.

“But today, I received a call from the Prime Minister – he thanked me for my service, explained the new horizons ahead and wished me well on my way as a Parliamentary Under Secretary – a Transport Minister.

“With tears and emotional gratitude, I gladly accepted and very much look forward to the next chapter.”

Rachel Maclean said: “After a wonderful 18 months” at the Department for Transport she was “honoured” to have been asked by Boris Johnson to move to the Home Office. Thank you to my superb private office and excellent team at DfT.”

The DfT has updated its organisational chart to reflect the change (download below).

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