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Lord Adonis replaces Geoff Hoon

Friday, 5 June 2009

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Lord Adonis (2nd from left) talks to Swanage Railway staff on 14 April 2009. From a photo © Andrew Wright, Swanage Railway

(Click to read the full story behind the picture on the Swanage Railway website.)

Lord Adonis, until a couple of hours ago Minister of State at the Department for Transport, has been promoted to Secretary of State for Transport replacing the Rt. Hon. Geoff Hoon who has resigned from the Cabinet.

Lord Adonis will be the first Secretary of State for Transport who believes passionately in the future role of the railways since the railways were nationalised in 1949. Sadly, with the Labour Party in turmoil and the Government extremely unlikely to survive the next election, he may not be in the post for long enough to make any impact upon the Department for Transport’s anti-rail policy.

In a move that will send shivers down the spine of those who remember how – despite the outward trappings of democracy – in communist times Poland was really ruled by a succession of ‘first secretaries’ of the Communist Party, Gordon Brown has just announced that Lord Mandelson is now ‘First Secretary’.

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