Jenrick takes top job at MHCLG


Former Treasury minister Robert Jenrick has been appointed as the new secretary of state at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The Newark MP was elected in 2014 and was appointed exchequer secretary to the treasury in January 2018.

Mr Jenrick speaking at a conference last year

As the news of his appointment broke, Mr Jenrick tweeted: ‘Excited and honoured to be appointed secretary of state @MHCLG – and to working with the team to build more homes, level up the regions and share prosperity and opportunity throughout the UK’.

In response to a further tweet, he added: ‘About time there was a millennial in cabinet!’.

Previous communities secretary James Brokenshire announced he was ‘heading to the backbenches’ yesterday, after just over a year in post.

After 13 years on the front benches, he became one of many cabinet members culled in the Boris Johnson’s radical reshuffle.

He tweeted: ‘Has been a huge privilege to serve, but looking forward to being released from collective responsibility and campaigning on issues that matter to me and my constituents.’

Joining Mr Jenrick at the Ministry and attending Cabinet is Esther McVey as housing minister. The former TV presenter was a minister at the Department of Work and Pensions from January 2018 to November 2018. She has also served as deputy chief whip.

Local Government minister Rishi Sunak has seen a significant promotion to chief secretary of the Treasury.

The reshuffle has also seen former communities secretary and Home Secretary Sajid Javid appointed as chancellor while former MHCLG minister Dominic Raab becomes foreign secretary.

County Councils Network chairman David Williams, congratulated Mr Jenrick on his appointment and warned of the uncertainty facing the sector. He said:

‘If the Spending Review is delayed, the sector needs greater clarity on next year’s funding envelope. This includes an emergency injection of significant resource.’

‘At the same time, we ask for the secretary of state to support us in aiming to secure a cast-iron commitment to the Fair Funding Review from No10.'

Cabinet in full

  • Prime Minister: Boris Johnson
  • Chancellor: Sajid Javid
  • Home secretary: Priti Patel
  • Foreign secretary: Dominic Raab
  • Brexit secretary: Stephen Barclay
  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Michael Gove
  • Defence secretary: Ben Wallace
  • International trade secretary: Liz Truss
  • Health and social care secretary: Matt Hancock
  • Environment secretary: Theresa Villiers
  • Education secretary: Gavin Williamson
  • Culture secretary: Nicky Morgan
  • Business secretary: Andrea Leadsom
  • Housing and communities secretary: Robert Jenrick
  • Work and pensions, women and equalities: Amber Rudd
  • Justice secretary: Robert Buckland
  • International development secretary: Alok Sharma
  • Transport secretary: Grant Shapps
  • Welsh secretary: Alun Cairns
  • Scottish secretary: Alister Jack
  • Northern Ireland secretary: Julian Smith
  • Leader of the Lords: Baroness Evans
  • Party chairman: James Cleverly

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