New transport role for MP

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HARROGATE MP Andrew Jones has taken up a new role in the Department for Transport.

He has been promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Transport, Justin Greening MP.

The role will see him acting as a link between backbench MPs and the cabinet minister, and on to people around the country.

Mr Jones, who was previously PPS to the Minister of State for Enterprise, said he was looking forward to having more involvement in an area in which he had already taken an interest.

He said: “I was surprised and honoured to get the call asking me to take on this new role and it is one which I am keen to do well.

“Transport is critical for the economic growth of our country and for enabling us to compete internationally.”

“It is also an important issue for us locally. Since I became the Member of Parliament I have been highlighting the need for rail investment in the north, and was pleased to be a part of the team working to secure our first direct rail service from London to Harrogate in many years.

“While this is a role with greater responsibilities in Parliament, my main priority remains the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency and the people who – like me - live there.”