Mark Harper (pictured) has become the third transport secretary in three years, replacing Liz Truss ally Anne-Marie Trevelyan after just seven weeks in the role.

Harper said he was “delighted” to have been appointed to the job by prime minister Rishi Sunak and he added: “Transport affects us all, and I can’t wait to tackle the challenges we face so we can deliver for communities across our United Kingdom.”

An MP for Forest of Dean, Harper was a chartered accountant before he was elected to Parliament in 2005.

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He has previously served as parliamentary secretary for political and constitutional reform, minister of state for immigration and minister of state for disabled people.

In addition, Jesse Norman has been reappointed as a transport minister in the latest reshuffle. He previously served in the department between 2017 and 2019.