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Brandon Lewis keeps housing and planning brief

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Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has retained his portfolio at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), it has emerged

The announcement follows yesterday’s confusion over the brief when Greg Clark was named as secretary of state for communities and local government, replacing Eric Pickles.

As part of a swathe of junior ministerial announcements, Mark Francois was appointed minister of state at DCLG, with responsibilities initially described on the department’s website as ‘housing; planning and development; Ebbsfleet development; and traveller policy’.

The description was subsequently replaced with the phrase ‘to be confirmed’.

DCLG’s website now states that minister of state for communities and local government Brandon Lewis has responsibility for planning and housing – the role he was promoted to in July 2014’s reshuffle.

New appointments in addition to Francois include, Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones, who chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group for Town Centres during the last parliament, Stockton South MP James Wharton, and Baroness Williams of Trafford.

Further additions to the team could be made, as Cameron’s round of junior-minister appointments is not complete.

The remit of one member of the new DCLG team will include responsibility for architecture.

DCLG ministerial team – announcements so far

Greg Clark – secretary of state

Brandon Lewis – minister of state (with responsibility for housing and planning)

Mark Francois – minister of state (responsibilities TBC)

Marcus Jones – parliamentary under secretary of state (responsibilities TBC)

James Wharton – parliamentary under secretary of state (with responsibility for the ‘Northern Powerhouse’)

Baroness Williams of Trafford – parliamentary under secretary of state (responsibilities: TBC)

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