Robert Jenrick MHCLG Secretary of State and Esther McVey Housing MinisterMake Text Bigger
After the ‘night of blond knives’ the new PM Boris Johnson has replaced Kit Malthouse with enthusiastic Brexiteer Esther McVey as Housing Minister and replaced James Brokenshire with the lower profile Robert Jenrick as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The Rt Hon Esther McVey MP was appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 24 July 2019.
Esther was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from January to November 2018. She was Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip) from November 2017 to January 2018. She was Minister of State for Employment from 2013 to 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Tatton in June 2017 and was a Conservative MP for Wirral West from 2010 to 2015.
Education: Esther graduated in law before becoming a graduate trainee with the BBC in 1991. She returned to Liverpool John Moore’s university in 2008 to do an MSc in corporate governance.
Political career: Esther was the first MP to employ an apprentice and got the House of Commons authorities to introduce the scheme.
Career outside politics: After leaving the BBC, Esther worked as a broadcaster and a journalist, presenting and producing programmes such as GMTV, a legal series for Channel 4, a BBC consumer show and a BBC science show.
In 2000, she established her own business setting up office space for new start-up companies as well as establishing the biggest business women’s network in the north west. She has written a careers book “If Chloe can”, which was turned into a play and performed at the National Youth Theatre.
Personal life: Esther is passionate about issues such as careers, youth unemployment, apprenticeships, investment and business growth.
Esther is yet to issue any communications on her plans for the new role.
Excited and honoured to be appointed Secretary of State
@mhclg – and to working with the team to build more homes, level up the regions and share prosperity and opportunity throughout the U.K.
Robert Jenrick MP was appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 24 July 2019.
Robert was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from 9 January 2018 to 24 July 2019. He was elected Conservative MP for Newark in June 2014.
Education: Robert studied History at St John’s College, Cambridge and was Thouron Fellow in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Political career: Robert entered Parliament following a by-election in June 2014. He served on the Health Select Committee from July 2014 until he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions. He was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in May 2015 and from June 2017 served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary. From July 2017 until his appointment as Exchequer Secretary he was a member of the Board of the Conservative Party.
Career outside politics: Robert qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and practised corporate law at leading international law firms in London and Moscow before pursuing a business career. He held several senior financial roles at Christie’s, the art business, including International Managing Director prior to being elected to Parliament.
Personal life: Robert is married with 3 children.
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