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Reshuffle latest: Clark replaces Pickles

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Prime minister David Cameron today sets out his ministerial team following the Conservative Party’s victory in last week’s general election

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has been replaced by Greg Clark, the one-time planning minister and the former universities, science and cities minister at the Department for Business.

According to the AJ’s sister title Construction News, Pickles has been given the brief of minister of faith.

Meanwhile Mark Francois has been tipped to become the new housing minister. His biography on the Department for Communities and Local Government’s website states he will be responsible for housing; planning and development; Ebbsfleet development; and traveller policy.

Francois would become the fifth housing minister to have held the role in just three years. Brandon Lewis, who is still to learn what role he will play in the new government, had previouisly held the role taking over from Kris Hopkins in July 2014.

Elsewhere Anna Soubry has been appointed as a minister for small business and will attend Cabinet, while Patrick McLoughlin retains his role at transport secretary and will continue to oversee transport strategy and the progress of HS2.

Also as part of the shake-up, Sajid Javid has been appointed as the new business secretary.

Javid was hotly tipped for the role after previous encumbent Vince Cable lost his Twickenham seat on Friday (8 May). The move, which sees Javid leave his position as the parliamentary private secretary to chancellor George Osborne, was confirmed by the PM this morning.

Cameron also announced that newly elected Uxbridge and Ruislip South MP Boris Johnson will be invited to attend the political cabinet, as well as continuing his role as London’s mayor until next year.

Amber Rudd has been promoted to the role of energy secretary. The former climate change minister takes the role vacated by former Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey who also lost his seat on Friday.

Priti Patel has been named minister for employment at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Among the positions the construction industry will look out for are the minister holding the brief for construction within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, a role formerly held by Nick Boles.

Chancellor George Osborne has been reappointed to his post already, while Nicky Morgan was confirmed as education secretary at the weekend, having taken the role in last year’s reshuffle when Michael Gove was named chief whip.

It has been reported that the chancellor will now consider holding an emergency budget within the next month ahead of an autumn spending review.

Ministers confirmed to date are:

  • John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • Michael Gove, justice secretary (previously chief whip)
  • Mark Harper, chief whip
  • Chris Grayling, leader of the house of commons (previously justice secretary)
  • Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary (unchanged)
  • Michael Fallon, defence secretary (unchanged)
  • Philip Hammond, foreign secretary (unchanged)
  • Theresa May, home secretary (unchanged)
  • George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer and first secretary of state
  • Tina Stowell, leader of the house of lords (unchanged)
  • Nicky Morgan, secretary of state for education (unchanged)
  • Priti Patel, minister of state for employment at the department for work and pensions
  • Robert Halfon, deputy chairman of the conservative party
  • Sajid Javid, secretary of state for business
  • Patrick McLoughlin, secretary of state for transport (unchanged)
  • Liz Truss, secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs (unchanged)
  • Anna Soubry, minister of state for small business
  • Greg Clark, secretary of state at the department of communities and local government
  • Justine Greening, secretary of state at the department for international development
  • Theresa Villiers, secretary of state for Northern Ireland
  • Jeremy Hunt secretary of state at the department of health

Comment

TCPA Chief Executive Kate Henderson:
‘Greg Clark has sound experience as former Minister of State at Communities and Local Government, Minister for Cities and Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

‘There is now a genuine opportunity to focus on the real priorities for the country - housing need, tackling climate change and regional inequalities. We look forward to working with the new Communities Secretary on these issues which must take centre-stage in CLG’s work.

‘The TCPA is also looking forward to working with Clark on delivering a new generation of Garden Cities building on the commitment in the Conservative Party election manifesto.’  

Justine Greening - secretary of state at the Department for International Development

Theresa Villiers - secretary for Northern Ireland

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  • Let us hope that Clark will be significantly less biased and more fair-handed than Pickles ever was. No politician has meddled more aggressively, intrusively or inappropriately in the affairs of the UK population than has Pickles in recent years. It is sad that such an important role lingered for so long in the hands of an incompetent.

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