Bon voyage Grayling

Dom Browne

In his first speech as prime minister Boris Johnson promised 'fantastic new road and rail infrastructure' but Chris Grayling will not be the person in charge of delivering it.

The former transport secretary resigned has from his position today, after an ignominious three years in office.

Mr Grayling became a laughing stock after the Brexit Ferries debacle and the subject of national fury after presiding over the rail timetable failure last summer.

He also caused a scandal by playing party politics and blocking the devolution of rail powers to the mayor of London to prevent a Labour leader having such power - a reversal of agreements made by the current prime minister.

And there was that time he knocked a cyclist off by opening his door in traffic.

He maintained recently that his proudest achievement was progressing Heathrow expansion, which is now seen as a 'fait accompli' by the airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye, despite the Mr Johnson's previous promises to fight the project.

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