Robert Jenrick MHCLG Secretary of State and Esther McVey Housing Minister

Robert Jenrick MHCLG Secretary of State and Esther McVey Housing Minister

10:36 AM, 25th July 2019, About 3 years ago 7

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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.

Official Government Release

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.

Robert Jenrick MP

Excited and honoured to be appointed Secretary of State – and to working with the team to build more homes, level up the regions and share prosperity and opportunity throughout the U.K.

Official release from MHCLG

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.


Simon Williams

11:57 AM, 25th July 2019, About 3 years ago

We're used to having our hopes dashed every time someone new comes to these posts. McVey is politically on the right, so may be instinctively less interventionist and Jenrick apparently owns several properties. But I fear Boris will want to be seen to be on the tenants' side as is now fashionable in the Tory party. I suspect full steam ahead on abolition of section 21, but I live in hope.

Only good news as far as I can see is Grant Shapps enters the cabinet. The only housing minister I can recall who seemed genuinely sympathetic to landlords - but as Transport sec, his influence over housing presumably won't add up to much.

Whiteskifreak Surrey

9:59 AM, 26th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Robert Jenrick working "to share prosperity and opportunity throughout the U.K."
Undoubtedly so - as long as prosperity and opportunity is not related to being a landlord...

Paul landlord

10:17 AM, 26th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Whiteskifreak Surrey at 26/07/2019 - 09:59
You've put forward what were my thoughts upon reading that statement entirely.

"to share prosperity and opportunity throughout the U.K."

Its just like the old soundbite as 'level the playing field between landlords and tenants '. I'd love the day to come when I get a level playing field with my tenants!!

paul robinson

11:11 AM, 26th July 2019, About 3 years ago

Having met my local MP at his surgery I’d encourage all
Landlords to do the same - voice your concerns and impact over scrapping section 21!!

The student and young professional shared HMO rental market needs fixed term tenancies and the vehicle of section 21 to accommodate this, plus give sufficient swift support to deal with antisocial behaviour And other matters if occurring in a HMO. Otherwise the other decent tenants would be continued to be affected and ultimately their safe enjoyment compromised by their antisocial housemate, leading to all sort of other issues.

Fixed term tenancies and the great benefit they bring to all parties in shared HMO are too long to list here, but fundamentally provide good quality accommodation to young professionals at a competitive price point, allowing them to save and getting on the property ladder themselves.

The government need look at the very different rental demographic, all across the UK and not as they have done with the tenant fee ban, role out “one size fits all” changes.

The proposed changes will again have a detrimental effect on decent tenants in fairly managed shared HMO’s and completely go against the governments goal of providing good quality shared and safe rental accommodation as a fair price!


11:29 AM, 27th July 2019, About 3 years ago

I've wasted no time and have already written/emailed Robert Jenrick yesterday voicing my opinion re scrapping 'section 21 ' if all do the same they'll soon get fed up! No good bickering amongst ourselves!!!

Monty Bodkin

11:08 AM, 13th February 2020, About 3 years ago

Esther didn't last very long!


16:26 PM, 13th February 2020, About 3 years ago

more changes, NOT for the better!

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