Patrick McLoughlin will remain in the role of secretary of state for transport as part of the new Conservative government, it has been confirmed.

The announcement came as the reappointed prime minister David Cameron reshuffled the cabinet for his coming term in office, following his election victory last week.

McLoughlin, who was voted back into the Derbyshire Dales seat in last week’s election with 52% of the constituency’s votes, was first appointed to the role in 2012.

He made news late last year when he urged the country to get its Christmas shopping out of the way early, warning that the country didn’t have enough HGV drivers to survive the festive rush.

FairFuelUK backer and Petrol Promise campaign founder Robert Halfon MP will also attend cabinet meetings as a minister without portfolio.

Liberal Democrat minister of state for transport Baroness Kramer has resigned from her role. A replacement has not been announced yet.

The junior transport ministers, including Claire Perry MP,  kept their seats in the election, although roles other than secretary of state for transport are yet to be confirmed by DfT.