The brand new prime minister Liz Truss has appointed Jacob Rees-Mogg to the publish of enterprise secretary and Anne-Marie Trevelyan to the publish of transport secretary, each accountable for insurance policies crucial for the success of the UK motor retail business.
Trevelyan, a former chartered accountant who first entered the Home of Commons as MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2015, is passionate concerning the pure setting however has proven curiosity in native automotive companies over time, together with a go to to seller group Tustain Motors in Alnwick throughout 2020 when she met its managing director David Storey, and applauded British Volt’s resolution to spend money on a brand new battery plant at Blyth.
She was minister for power, clear progress and local weather change on the Division of Enterprise, Vitality and Industrial Technique from January 2021 to September 2021.
Rees-Mogg, first elected in 2010, revealed in 2016 that he owns a 1968 T-Collection Bentley, which he’d used as his day by day drive within the Nineties, plus a 1936 3.5-litre Derby Bentley, one of the vital luxurious vehicles made within the inter-wars interval.
A member of the All-Occasion Parliamentary Group for Historic Automobiles, Rees-Mogg instructed London’s Night Customary on the time that his newest day by day drive was an “aged Lexus”.
He now heads the division accountable for the UK Authorities’s technique on local weather change.
“As enterprise secretary my overriding mission is to ship reasonably priced and plentiful power to the British individuals and to make the financial system as environment friendly, revolutionary and dynamic as doable. This would be the division for progress,” stated Rees-Mogg on Twitter final night time.
As Truss was confirmed as prime minister earlier this week the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders welcomed her with the message that “reducing the cost of doing business must be a priority”.
Motor retail companies face the prospect of taking unusual measures to deal with their elevated value base, reminiscent of enjoyable company requirements to scale back power utilization.
Final month the National Franchised Dealers Association wrote to the then chancellor of exchequer Nadhim Zahawi and secretary state for business, energy and industrial strategy Kwasi Kwarteng urging government support for the industry to fight the continued power disaster.