Blackpool MP given top government job

Paul Maynard is the country's new under secretary of state at the Department of Transport
Paul Maynard is the country's new under secretary of state at the Department of Transport
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Blackpool MP Paul Maynard has been awarded a top ministerial position by new Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mr Maynard will take on the role of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Transport as soon as next week, replacing Devizes MP Claire Perry.

As under secretary, he will be responsible for major rail projects, rail safety and security, passenger services, transport funding, accessibility, and rail fares and ticketing.

He said: “I’m very, very honoured to be asked and I’m certain there will be a big challenge ahead of me in transport.

“There will be no lessening of my work in my own constituency - I will just have to work that bit harder. I’m always keen to make sure that no matter what situation I find myself in I continue to work on behalf of the people I represent.

“It will be a great challenge and an opportunity to serve my constituents and the country.”