Shipping minister: Ports still front and centre

Nusrat Ghani UK shipping minister Nusrat Ghani has admitted it is "very difficult to get coverage of anything else other than Brexit in Parliament". Credit: Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)]
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UK shipping minister Nusrat Ghani has responded to criticism of the government’s inability to focus on anything other than Brexit, to the detriment of the sector.

Speaking at the UK Ports Conference, Ms Ghani said that while it’s “very difficult to get coverage of anything else other than Brexit in Parliament, work does continue”.

She said that she would personally investigate why information on crucial non-Brexit port development is not being disseminated effectively.

“Decisions in Westminster can be lost in translation,” she said. “I hear that concern.” Ms Ghani added that it is her job to keep UK ports involved in discussions, including those on Brexit, and she maintained that ports will be kept at the forefront of those conversations.

Richard Ballantyne, chief executive of the British Ports Association (BPA), noted that ports have had to shift from an operational to a political role as a result of Brexit, which has been a challenge for many. He made an impassioned plea to the minister on behalf of BPA members for any help she can give ports at a local level when it comes to political lobbying.

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