Wendy Morton has been appointed as the parliamentary under secretary of state for transport. As an MP she is a Conservative for Aldridge-Brownhills, she’s been the area’s representative since 2015.
She replaced Chris Heaton-Harris who has left to become Europe Minister. He had been in the role of minister of state for transport for two years and five months.
Both of them moved roles as a result of Lord Frost leaving his position of Brexit minister.
So she’s a rail minister, then?
Not exactly, although very likely her duties will encompass this. According to the Rail Delivery Group, she is likely to take on Heaton-Harris’s brief.
She is also, it is worth noting, a ‘Parliamentary Under Secretary’. This is likely because there are limits on how many paid ministers there can be under the Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975.
What is her background regarding our industry?
She has voted in support of HS2, and, according to data from the Rail Delivery Group, has pushed for greater connectivity within the West Midlands and the Wider Community.
She has consistently voted against a publicly-owned railway.
What is her experience like for this role?
She has been in similar roles before in terms of seniority. She has also been an assistant government whip and had roles connected to business, energy and industry:
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport: December 2021 – Present
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: February 2020 – December 2021
- Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice: July 2019 – February 2020
- Assistant Government Whip: January 2018 – July 2019
- Parliamentary Private Secretary, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: January 2016 – January 2018
- Member of the International Development Committee: July 2015 – May 2018
Any other, miscellaneous facts?
She attended The Wensleydale School Leyburn, and then studied at the Open University.
Before becoming a Member of Parliament, Wendy began her career in Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service, before working in the private sector in sales and marketing.
When she’s not representing her constituents or working in transport, she likes walking, cookery, art deco and ceramics.