Transport minister returns to back benches

Dismissed ++ Torbay MP Kevin Foster has been dismissed from his job as minister of state at the Department for Transport. He had only been at the DfT for seven weeks, having been appointed on 7 September. His departure is the latest in a series of replacements of Liz Truss’s ministers by her successor Rishi Sunak. Mr Foster was first elected to Parliament in May 2015. Born in Plymouth, he grew up in south Devon and was given his previous ministerial role by Boris Johnson, who appointed him as the minister for future borders and immigration in February 2020. Before he had held several other government posts, including minister for Wales and assistant government whip. In his departure letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Foster pledged his unwavering support for Mr Sunak’s administration.

Strike ++ An RMT strike will take place on ScotRail tomorrow. The RMT’s company council and national executive committee had rejected ScotRail’s latest offer, which ScotRail said would have seen the lowest paid staff receive a basic pay increase of almost 7.5 per cent. ScotRail also said its latest offer had depended on tomorrow’s strike being called off, as well as a vote by staff on whether to accept the increase, which the union refused to do. Before a previous ScotRail strike on 10 October, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch had said: ‘Our members refuse to be made poorer and will exercise their industrial strength to let ScotRail know that they will not rest until they are paid what they deserve.’