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Louise Haigh has been appointed transport secretary by the new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer. Ms Haigh, 36, was elected Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley in the 2015 general election, and became the youngest Labour member of that parliament. Although Labour is planning to nationalise the remaining former passenger franchises, private sector trade body Rail Partners says it wants to work with Ms Haigh.

Rail sector responds to Labour general election win

UK: Organisations from across the rail sector have responded to the outcome of the July 4 general election, which saw a landslide victory for the opposition Labour over the previous Conservative government. Labour’s policies include nationalisation of passenger train operating companies as the existing contracts with private sector operators expire.

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  • Former transport secretaries among casualties of Labour landslide Former transport secretaries Mark Harper and Grant Shapps are among the Tory casualties in the General Election. Labour has won at least 412 seats, a gain of 211, with one seat yet to be declared. The Conservatives will have at least 121 MPs, which would be a loss of 251. When he was transport secretary, Grant Shapps added his name to Keith Williams’ Rail Review in 2021. Before that he had officially abolished passenger franchises in September 2020 in the wake of the Covid pandemic, replacing them with emergency contracts and then National Rail Contracts.
  • New transport secretary is named Louise Haigh has been appointed transport secretary by the new Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer. Ms Haigh, 36, was elected Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley in the 2015 general election, and became the youngest Labour member of that parliament. Although Labour is planning to nationalise the remaining former passenger franchises, private sector trade body Rail Partners says it wants to work with Ms Haigh.

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  • Rail sector responds to Labour general election winUK: Organisations from across the rail sector have responded to the outcome of the July 4 general election, which saw a landslide victory for the opposition Labour over the previous Conservative government. Labour’s policies include nationalisation of passenger train operating companies as the existing contracts with private sector operators expire.

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