Greg Hands quits as junior trade minister over Heathrow expansion

Greg Hands

Junior trade minister Greg Hands, who visited Kenya in April, has resigned from the government to give him the freedom to oppose the government in Monday’s Heathrow Airport expansion vote on whether to build a third runway.

The Chelsea and Fulham MP explained in a Tweet how he had pledged to oppose the new runway at the 2017 election.

In April, Mr Hands made an official trip to Kenya during which he visited the East African Breweries site in Nairobi, held talks on trade and diplomatic ties with Kenyan counterparts, signed an MOU to promote bilateral trade and investment between the two countries, and explored British railway history at the Nairobi Rail Museum.

Greg Hands at Nodor Darts in Kenya
Greg Hands meets one of the 450 Kenya workers employed at the Nodor Darts factory. Photo: Twitter/GregHands

A Downing Street spokesman said Mr Hands, who has held various ministerial roles and was chief secretary to the Treasury under David Cameron, had “served the government with great ability and distinction over several years, and we thank him for all of his work”.

He will be replaced as a minister in the Department for International Trade by George Hollingbery, MP for Meon Valley.

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