Robert Jenrick takes housing top job in Johnson reshuffle

Robyn Ashman

July 24, 2019

Robert Jenrick (pictured) has been appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.

Jenrick has been Member of Parliament (MP) for Newark since 2014 and was made Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in January 2018.

Before that he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary. He was also the youngest Minister in the government of Prime Minister Theresa May.

Damian Thompson, Aldermore’s commercial director of mortgages, welcomed Jenrick to the market.

He said: “We welcome Robert Jenrick as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local government, in what is a critical juncture in the UK housing market.

“The housing market is a key indicator in how the public judge the economy and we hope the new government continues to view it as a priority issue.

“It’s very important that we look for short, medium and long-term solutions that play to not only the near term issues but that look at the consistent trends we have seen in the housing market and society over the decades.

“To solve the problems in the housing sector we will need joined-up long-term strategic planning, to help deliver building a range of tenure to cater to diversifying homeowner needs, a focus on the growing challenges arising from an ageing population, and making sure this generation of young people are the last we call ‘Generation Rent.’

“Aldermore has welcomed the ambitious targets and drive for sustainability for new housing in recent years, and look forward to working with the new Secretary of State and his team to help deliver a well-functioning housing sector that meets the UK housing needs.”

Prior to his political career Jenrick was a qualified solicitor and practised corporate law with international law firms, Skadden Arps and Sullivan & Cromwell.

Immediately prior to being elected to parliament in 2014 Jenrick was a director of Christie’s, the art business where he held a series of senior financial roles.

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