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Construction minister 'not trusted' claim

The Conservative Party has warned that the new Labour construction minister Baroness Vadera is 'not trusted' by the construction industry.

Conservative Shadow Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Minister Mark Prisk said yesterday in the House of Commons: "Given that.. civil engineering and construction are so important, it is vital that the relationship between the Government and the industry should be close and trusting.

"Yet Baroness Vadera, the current ministerial incumbent, has a record on Metronet and on Network Rail that leads many people in the industry simply not to trust her.

"Given the industry’s importance... does it not deserve better than a minister who is neither suitable for the job nor accountable to this House?"

Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Gareth Thomas scotched the claim and said there was a "line of people from industry queuing up to see Baroness Vadera" and that overall civil engineering in the UK was in good shape.

Source: DeHavilland