Justine Greening Named As Transport Secretary
Philip Hammond stepped in to fill the void at the Ministry of Defence following
Liam Fox’s resignation. Greening was elected to Parliament in 2005 and was made
economic secretary at the Treasury following the 2010 general election. Greening
was a vocal opponent of Labour’s plans to build a 3rd runway at Heathrow. Many
of her constituents live under the Heathrow flight path.
Hammond stepped in to fill the void at the Ministry of Defence following Liam
the Treasury following the 2010 general election.
contest, before switching her support to David Cameron.
elevated to the Treasury in 2010.
worked in finance for a variety of companies before entering Parlaiment, including
positions at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, GlaxoSmithKline and Centrica.
given that many of her constituents live under the flight path of planes landing
and taking off from the airport in West London.
a time when women appear to be increasingly unhappy with the coalition government.
champagne in March 2010
Heathrow 3rd runway.
Many of her constituents live under Heathrow flight paths
news for High Speed 2
as Transport Secretary! The industry will be seething.
Philip Hammond and Justine Greening named defence and transport ministers
Hammond will more than do
for Transport hotseat has rarely been occupied long enough in recent years for
incumbents to leave a lasting impression. However,
taking on a brief that includes inflation-busting fare rises, a countryside-gouging
high-speed rail project and a dire airport policy. He was in complete command
of his brief, say prominent figures in public transport, motoring and aviation,
even if they are at odds with coalition government policy (or, more pointedly,
the lack of it).
difficulties with their shorthand because he has a knack for rattling off perfectly
formed paragraphs on any subject you care to mention. He is also relatively nifty
with the media, for instance offering BAA the services of the army during the
Heathrow snow chaos, even though it was impractical (of course BAA had to decline).
But it looked proactive as BAA flapped in the drifts. If Cameron wants a capable,
low-key replacement for Fox, then Hammond will more than do.
had previously been held by David Mellor. She became economic secretary to the
treasury in May 2010 after the coalition came to power following the election,
which resulted in a hung parliament.
moving on to the University of Southampton to study economics. Prior to entering
parliament, she trained as an accountant and worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers,
GlaxoSmithKline and Centrica, parent company of British Gas.
fellow Tory, Chloe Smith was elected in 2009. The party website says Greening
has been instrumental in tackling antisocial behaviour across her constituency,
“running campaigns in crime hotspots to draw the community together and face down
accusing Labour of making “uncosted, unfunded spending commitments.”
claimed banks have been paying more tax under the coalition than Labour.
oil firms operating in the North Sea, a move that sparked outrage in the industry