Reshuffle recap: Former Housing Ministers secure key roles

Robyn Ashman

July 25, 2019

Last night saw Boris Johnson form his new cabinet following his appointment as Prime Minister.

Before unpacking his bags the new PM was making his presence felt in Number 10.

In total seventeen of the Ministers appointed by former Prime Minister Theresa May either stood down or were sacked.

A number of familiar faces to the UK property sector were involved in the reshuffle.

We take a quick look back at the comings and goings.

James Brokenshire – Housing Secretary (Out)

Despite being widely tipped to get a promotion in the new Johnson government Brokenshire chose to return to the backbenches.

Brokenshire had been overseeing the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government since April 2018.

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Robert Jenrick – Housing Secretary (In)

Robert Jenrick was named as the successor to James Brokenshire at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Jenrick was made Exchequer Secretary in January 2018 and was the youngest Minister in the government of Theresa May.

Former Tory leadership hopeful Esther McVey will fill the role of Housing Minister.

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Sajid Javid – Chancellor (In)

Another former Housing Minister secured the highest ranking role in the cabinet. Sajid Javid was given the keys to Number 11 Downing Street with his appointment as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Javid had been an early leadership rival of Johnson’s and had served as Home Secretary under Theresa May.

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Dominic Rabb – Foreign Secretary (In)

Another former Tory leadership hopeful and Housing Minister Dominic Raab also secured one of the top positions in UK government.

Raab, who has been appointed as Foreign Secretary, covered the housing brief between January and July 2018.

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Grant Shapps – Transport Secretary (In)

As Minister of State for Housing, Shapps promoted plans for flexible rent and ended automatic lifetime social tenancies.

He now takes up the transport brief replacing Chris Grayling.

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Alok Sharma – International Development Secretary (In)

Sharma takes up the role of Secretary of State for International Development in the new cabinet.

Sharma was notably the Housing Minister at the time of the Grenfell fire.

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