James Brokenshire has replaced Sajid Javid as housing secretary, following Javid’s move to the Home Office in the wake of Amber Rudd’s resignation.

Javid was this morning appointed home secretary, following Rudd’s resignation yesterday.

Javid has been replaced as secratary of state at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) by James Brokenshire, the MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup.

In a tweet this morning, Brokenshire said: “Honoured to have been asked by the Prime Minister to serve as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government. Looking forward to taking the Government’s agenda forward especially on building the homes our country needs.”

Brokenshire was formerly secretary of state for Northern Ireland. He has also held ministerial positions at the Home Office.

According to MHCLG, before entering politics, Brokenshire was “a partner at a large international law firm where he advised a range of companies, businesses and financial institutions on company law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions”.

Reacting to the developments at Westminster, Melanie Leech, chief executive of property lobby group the British Property Federation, said: “While it is disappointing to lose Sajid Javid from housing, we welcome James Brokenshire and look forward to working with him to drive forward the government’s multi-tenure approach to new housing delivery and the policy changes to the National Planning Policy Framework.

“These changes underpin the government’s agenda on so many levels – providing the right homes in the right places will increase UK productivity, economic growth and social wellbeing in the long term.”

Terrie Alafat CBE, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Sajid Javid has made an important contribution as secretary of state. During his time in the role housing has become a top domestic priority for the government and we’ve seen an important shift in the narrative on housing – including a move to a more balanced view of the response we need to solve our housing crisis.”

Source: Michael Donnelly, Planning Resource, 30 April 2018

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