New and probably very temporary Minsters

New and probably very temporary Minsters

10:49 AM, 8th July 2022, About a month ago 6

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Post resignations and the revenge sacking of Michael Gove, Boris Johnson has installed his new caretaker governments’ appointments of what must be assumed as temporary Ministers until a new PM is announced in early Autumn.

Greg Clark was appointed Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

He was previously Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from July 2016 to July 2019. He was elected Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2005.

Before entering politics, Greg worked for the Boston Consulting Group, one of the world’s top business strategy firms. He was posted to the USA, Mexico, South America and Iceland, as well as working for clients in the UK. He has also worked as Head of Commercial Policy at the BBC.

Clark said: “We have a duty to ensure that the country has a functioning government in the weeks ahead. Having been Secretary of State at the Communities department before, I will do my best to provide stability, good governance and accountability to Parliament at this important time.”

Marcus Jones was appointed Minister of State for Housing at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on.

He was previously Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip) from 13 February 2020, Assistant Government Whip from 29 July 2019 to 13 February 2020 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Local Government) from May 2015 to January 2018.

Prior to his election to parliament, Marcus was a councillor on Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, serving as leader of the Conservative Group from 2006 to 2009 and leader of the council. He stood down as council leader in 2009.

Marcus said: “I am pleased to be appointed as a Minister of State (Minister for Housing) in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

“This is an important and challenging brief and I look forward to giving all my energy and attention to this demanding role.”

Marcus Jones MP



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Mick Roberts View Profile

11:40 AM, 8th July 2022, About a month ago

We've had about 19 Housing Ministers in 21 years AAAhhh.

So we have the renters reform bill, we all now know Michael Gove has gone, Housing Minister gone, all Leveling up department has gone. No stability. And they'll get in some new Muppet's with zero experience or qualifications to tell us how to house people. I've got a Master's in housing compared to these Bafoon's.
I'm not allowed to leave, the same tenant of 25 years is not allowed to leave, & the same house is not allowed to leave. Yet the people who tell us how to rent houses out come & go.

Helen

13:35 PM, 8th July 2022, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 08/07/2022 - 11:40
Yep but my thoughts with the obvious inactivity that will ensue for the next few months is that it will be good. Nothing will move forward with regard to the Renters Reform Bill and it is likely that there will be a change in government next year. Not that other parties are any more knowledgeable about the property sector but it buys us landlords time to decide on our future options. In my opinion if the government does nothing to govern the country until the Autumn it can only be good news as it means they can't act on any more stupid ideas or create any more cock ups.

DSR

14:41 PM, 8th July 2022, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Helen at 08/07/2022 - 13:35
agree.

Nothing to do but sit back and what the dog fighting. They are all too concerned with covering their own ar$e$/keeping their jobs and sucking up to whoever else gets to top job, so everything will be on hold and disarray for a while longer.

I suspect the cost of living crisis will be pumped up and hitting the news as top priority even more now knowing this can't be kicked down the road. Which buggers going to get this poison chalice I wonder in the next bum shuffle???

DSR

14:45 PM, 8th July 2022, About a month ago

arranging deckchairs on the Titanic springs to mind....

Mick Roberts View Profile

17:31 PM, 8th July 2022, About a month ago

Reply to the comment left by Helen at 08/07/2022 - 13:35
Yes, people have said Renters Reform bill will be delayed now.
Let's hope for the tenants sake as they can't get anywhere now, never mind if they tighten up the rules, so supply gets restricted even more.

Denise G View Profile

21:35 PM, 10th July 2022, About a month ago

And of course each of those temporary appointments he makes (and personally I think he's taking the p*** now) ensures that the post holder - no matter how short their tenure - will receive Ministerial Severance pay (unless they take another paid post in the government).

Michelle Donelan for example quit just 35 hours after Johnson appointed her and will receive a £17,000 payout!

It is suspected that the departures that led Boris Johnson announcing his resignation will lead to a total bill to the taxpayer of £423,000.

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