New UK Transport Secretary Was Road Campaign Chief, Denied Climate Change – Forbes
Anne-Marie Trevelyan was last night appointed as the U.K.’s transport secretary in the first cabinet reshuffle of Prime Minister Liz Truss’s new administration. The former Secretary of State for International Trade tweeted that she was “thrilled” to have been appointed to her new role, adding that “transport is crucial to our lives.”
Among the emojis on her tweet, there was a train, a bicycle, and a spaceship but no pedestrian or bus.
Before entering parliament in 2015 as the MP for Berwick, Trevelyan was the campaign director for “Dual the A1 Campaign,” a lobbying group she founded in 2007.
In 2014, then PM David Cameron pledged $330m to widen parts of the A1 road between England and Scotland. However, earlier this year the plan for the road was halted subject to a new decision expected in December.
“Having campaigned and stressed to Government on the importance of this scheme for over a decade, I have no intention of stopping now,” Trevelyan said in March.
A “dual the A1” petition to parliament set up by Trevelyan in 2012 attracted just 624 signatures over six months.