Breaking: Hayes replaced by Fallon as Energy Minister

After less than seven months as energy Minster, John Hayes has been replaced by Michael Fallon in a mini reshuffle, announced this morning by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Michael Fallon, the Business and Enterprise Minister, will take over Hayes’ duties at DECC while also retaining his position as a minister in the Department for Business.

Hayes has met fierce criticism during his tenure as Energy Minister for his negative stance on wind power which contradicted the views of his liberal democrat chief Energy Secretary Ed Davey.

Fallon, who will be tasked with guiding the Energy Bill through Parliament, will be seen by environmentalists as a better choice for the post as he has previously labelled climate change “a major concern” and told the Independent, the Government should “encourage, and lead on investment in hydrogen fuel cell and other cleaner alternative energy technologies.”

Conor McGlone

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