James Brokenshire is new Housing and Communities Secretary

James Brokenshire is new Housing and Communities Secretary

10:55 AM, 30th April 2018, About 6 years ago 1

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In the never ending game of pass the housing parcel, James Brokenshire has been announced as the government’s new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

This follows Amber Rudd’s resignation as Home Secretary and her replacement being the previous Housing and Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, who only took the Ministerial role in 2016 with very few of his policies including the ban on letting agent fees actually yet becoming law.

James Brokenshire is the MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup and was the Northern Ireland Secretary until January when he had to resign to received treatment to remove a lung tumor, which was fortunately successful.

From James’s own website it states his background as:

“Before entering Parliament James practised law for thirteen years at a large international law firm becoming a partner at the firm. In this role James advised a range of companies, businesses and financial institutions in the UK and overseas.

Prior to contesting the Old Bexley & Sidcup seat, James was the Member of Parliament for Hornchurch & Rainham (2005-2010); a member of the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (2005-6); and Shadow Minister for Crime Reduction (2006-10).

James enjoys watching cricket, jogging, listening to music and hill walking – particularly in the Highlands of Scotland.”


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Simon Williams

11:32 AM, 30th April 2018, About 6 years ago

According to the Channel 4 list of 72 Conservative MPs who are landlords, he's not one of them. I can't find any negative commentary from him on PRS. He was of course the minister of immigration around the time right to rent came in. Something of an unknown quantity as far as I can see. These days I suspect most PRS policy is lead by officials - not least because of the ministerial revolving door.

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