5 Sept 2012
Following yesterday’s Government Cabinet reshuffle, it was announced that Energy Minister, Charles Hendry is to be replaced by Conservative MP John Hayes and will now return to the back benches.
Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings was formerly Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning as well as Transport. In more recent times he was the Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education after the 2010 elections.
David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association commented, “Charles has made an outstanding contribution to UK energy policy not just in government but in opposition before that. His vast knowledge and experience has delivered a balanced and incredibly valuable approach. He leaves very big shoes to fill and will be missed.”
Hayes appointment is due to cause apprehension amongst firms in the renewable energy sector due to his opposition of wind farms in his constituency; in a previous statement he described wind turbines as a “terrible intrusion on our flat fenland landscape”.