Boris Johnson has a new look for housing

Boris Johnson began his attempt to energise the country with a significant government reshuffle and that included a new look for housing.

Take a look…

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

Robert Jenrick MP has replaced James Brokenshire in his role as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Rt.Hon Esther McVey MP has replaced Kit Malthouse in her role as Minister of State.

Who is Robert Jenrick MP?

Robert Jenrick is the MP for Newark, East Midlands and was first elected in 2014. His most recent role was as Exchequer Secretary at HM treasury having served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Energy, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Justice. Jenrick voted to remain in the EU but in a free vote in March 2019, he was one of 188 Conservative MPs who voted against the government to oppose extending Article 50.

Previous to becoming an MP, Jenrick was a solicitor.

Jenrick on housing…

In June 2019 Jenrick vowed to campaign for stronger protections for owners of freehold properties managed on estates. In 2017 he wrote an article in The Times stating the housing crisis was a ‘supply-side problem, so the policies must primarily focus on building more good homes.’ He also wrote that it was time to ‘offer support’ to SME housebuilders.

Who is Esther McVey?

Esther McVey is the MP for Tatton, North West and was first elected in 2010 as a representative for the Wiral West constituency but lost her seat at the 2015 General Election. However, she made a comeback in 2017 in Tatton. Her most recent role was as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in 2018. McVey resigned over the EU Withdrawal Agreement saying that the deal did not honour the result of the referendum.

Previous to becoming an MP McVey had a career in broadcasting.

McVey on housing…

In May 2019 Andrew Lewer MP, Chair of the SME Housebuilders All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) wrote an article in The Telegraph commenting that McVey had taken an interest in the APPG’s work as part of her commitment to ‘Blue-Collar Conservatism’. Lewer added that ‘Esther’s social mobility housing ideas could ensure that our hard-working taxpayer’s money not only goes on supporting the housing needs of the least well-off in our communities but that it is also used to build houses.’

Other changes…

Sajid Javid MP, former Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is now the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Jake Berry MP will remain as a Minister with a brief spanning both MHCLG and Cabinet Office. The role includes Northern Powerhouse.

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