The other Johnson succeeds Hayes
John Hayes has stepped down from his post as minister of state at the department for transport during UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s reshuffle of the cabinet. The MP's resignation came as a surprise.
Hayes is being replaced by Joseph Johnson, the UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s brother, who was minister of state for universities, science, research and innovation till now.
Hayes took office in July 2016. His responsibilities as minister for transport were high speed rail (HS2), maritime and aviation, Europe and international.
In a handwritten note to the PM, Hayes expressed his wish to "resign from your government following more than 18 years of continuing service on the front bench". Hayes has been a member of several previous governments, in charge of education, energy, security and minister without portfolio.