Morton is new rail minister as Heaton-Harris moves on

Chris Heaton-Harris has been replaced as Rail Minister by Wendy Morton, following the resignation of Lord Frost as Brexit Minister on December 18 2021.

Heaton-Harris has represented Daventry since 2010 and became a transport minister in July 2019. He moves to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), where he will deputise for Foreign Secretary Liz Truss as necessary on matters relating to the UK’s exit from the European Union and the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Morton, who entered Parliament in 2015 when she was elected to serve Aldridge-Brownhills in the West Midlands, leaves the FCDO in a straight job-swap with Heaton-Harris.

She has previously served as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice, Assistant Government Whip, and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ministers at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and to the Secretary of State for International Development.

Truss said she was looking forward to working with “the excellent Chris Heaton-Harris” and thanked Morton for “her great work”.

Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan also welcomed Morton’s appointment to the Department for Transport, while paying tribute to the outgoing Heaton-Harris.

“We look forward to working with Wendy Morton at this pivotal time for UK rail,” he said.

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