David Cameron, the new Prime Minister, has begun to announce the members of the cabinet. The position of Secretary of State for Transport goes to Philip Hammond MP for Runnymede and Weybridge. Previously he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the Conservative Shadow Cabinet and transport looks to be a new area for him. (His predecessor there Theresa Villiers was also his predecessor as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.)

The experience in Treasury matters will certainly be useful in controlling expenditure. Any grand development plans are unlikely to receive funding in the near future.

Some extracts from the Lib Dem Conservative green agreements are:

  • The establishment of a high-speed rail network.
  • The cancellation of the third runway at Heathrow.
  • The refusal of additional runways at Gatwick and Stansted.
  • The replacement of the Air Passenger Duty with a per flight duty.
  • Measures to promote green spaces and wildlife corridors in order to halt the loss of habitats and restore biodiversity.
  • Mandating a national recharging network for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

An emergency budget to set out changes to taxation is expected on 22nd June 2010.