Kemi Badenoch leads Conservative shadow cabinet as new Housing Secretary

Kemi Badenoch leads Conservative shadow cabinet as new Housing Secretary

9:45 AM, 9th July 2024, About 2 weeks ago

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The Conservative party has announced its new shadow cabinet, appointing Kemi Bandenoch as the housing secretary.

She replaces Michael Gove, who stepped down as an MP in the 2024 election.

Ms Badenoch will now shadow Deputy Prime Minister Angela Rayner, who also handles the housing brief.

Strong contender to replace Rishi Sunak

In the election, Ms Badenoch retained her North West Essex seat with a 2,610 majority over Labour’s candidate, Issy Waite.

Previously the business secretary, Ms Badenoch is seen as a strong contender to replace Rishi Sunak as leader of the Conservative party.

She has prior experience in the housing area, having served as Minister of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities from September 2021 to July 2022 under Boris Johnson.

Ms Badenoch resigned in protest of Johnson’s leadership and later made an unsuccessful bid for the Conservative leadership.

Improve lives of millions

During her time as housing minister, Ms Badenoch backed the Renters Reform Bill, highlighting its potential to transform rental laws.

In 2022, she said: “The Renters (Reform) Bill will deliver the biggest change to rental law in a generation, improving the lives of millions of renters by improving standards in the private and socially rented sector.

“A social housing regulation Bill will shift the balance towards tenants, strengthening their rights and creating a robust regulatory framework that drives up the standards of social housing everywhere.

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