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Prime Minister May 'to scrap DfT' as she moves McLoughlin in her reshuffle - reports

Lee Baker
14 July 2016

The Department for Transport is set to be axed in Prime Minister Theresa May's reshuffle in her bid to re-organise Whitehall in order to place a bigger focus on productivity, it has been reported.

The Telegraph's Christopher Hope said that the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Department for Energy and Climate Change, and the DfT are "all set to be closed" and "could be replaced with two new departments, one for infrastructure and one for industry, according to sources," he said. Chris Richards, senior policy advisor at the manufacturers' organisation also predicted that there could be "a new Department for Economic Affairs/Prosperity" to include parts of the DfT, BIS, DCLG and other departments.

The report and predictions came as Patrick McLoughlin's long-running tenure as transport secretary was ended, as he was moved sideways to be Conservative party chairman. will bring you all the latest this afternoon.


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