Aviation and maritime minister departs in government reshuffle

Aviation and maritime minister Baroness Vere has been moved to the Treasury after more than four years in the role as part of Rishi Sunak’s government reshuffle.

She has been named as parliamentary secretary in the Treasury after taking up the position at the Department for Transport in 2019.

Baroness Vere posted on X/Twitter: “I am delighted to have been asked to take on a new role at @hmtreasury.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to serve at @transportgovuk for 4.5 years and, it is fair to say, I will miss my colleagues and stakeholders and know that they are in good hands.”

Her departure from the DfT coincides with three new parliamentary under secretaries of state joining the department.

MPs Anthony Browne and Guy Opperman have been joined by life peer Lord Davies of Gower, president of the Welsh Conservative Party.

Who will take up the aviation and maritime responsibilities has not yet to been confirmed by the transport department.    

However, Opperman, MP for Hexham and a former barrister, has been appointed roads and local transport minister having previously been minister of state at the Department for Work and Pensions.

South Cambridgeshire MP Browne was formerly chair of the all-party parliamentary group on the environment and most recently a member of the Treasury select committee and the prime minister’s first anti-fraud champion.

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