17 OCTOBER 2011


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Article from BTNews 17 OCTOBER 2011

A strange ministerial appointment

Theresa Villiers, Minister of State for Transport, and not popular within the airline industry, has been overlooked again following a British Cabinet reshuffle announced late Friday afternoon. 

With incumbent Transport Secretary moved to Defence following the resignation of Liam Fox surprisingly Justine Greening, MP for Putney on the Heathrow flight path, gains the Cabinet position of Transport Minster without any obvious experience in the area.  In the past she has opposed T5 and will be seen as a negative appointment by the travel sector who had the feeling that Downing Street was beginning to appreciate that the pro-aviation caucus needed senior government representation.  Ms Greening (42), a London Business School MBA, was previously Economic Secretary to the Treasury from May 2010.

Ms Greening was first elected to Parliament in 2005.  During the expenses scandal, Greening was ranked as the ninth best value for money MP in research carried out by the right-wing think tank, the Adam Smith Institute, and of all her expenses claims she was the 599th lowest out of the 645 MPs. www.dft.gov.uk

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