No change at DfT ahead of Airports Commission report

No change at DfT ahead of Airports Commission report

Patrick McLoughlin has returned as Secretary of State for Transport and will oversee the Government’s response to the Airports Commission, expected to publish its recommendations at the end of June.

McLoughlin held the post of transport secretary in the last Government.

Veteran Tory MP John Whittingdale is the new Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The department includes the post of minister of tourism and sport, held until March by Helen Grant. Prime Minister David Cameron has yet to appoint a new tourism minister following the Conservative election victory last Thursday.

Whittingdale, MP for Maldon in Essex, has chaired the Commons select committee on culture, media and sport for the past 10 years and oversaw the committee’s recent inquiry into UK tourism promotion.

He takes over from former culture secretary Sajid Javid, who has moved to become business secretary, replacing Liberal Democrat Vince Cable who lost his seat in the general election.

One of Whittingdale’s first duties will be overseeing negotiations on renewal of the BBC’s charter.

The new culture secretary has been in Parliament since 1992. He is a vice-chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, and worked in Whitehall and the City of London before becoming an MP.

Whittingdale was a special advisor to Conservative secretaries of state at the Department of Trade and Industry, including Norman Tebbit, between 1984 and 1987.

He worked at merchant bank NM Rothschild and was political secretary to Margaret Thatcher before entering Parliament.

Whittingdale voted against the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2013 and against the Equal Pay (Transparency) Bill in 2014 which requires companies with more than 250 employees to declare the gap in pay between average male and female salaries.


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