7:36 AM, 16th September 2021, About 11 months ago 10
Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has been sacked in the latest Cabinet reshuffle and replaced by Tory ‘Big Beast’ Michael Gove who famously stabbed Boris Johnson in the front during the first conservative leadership campaign after the Brexit vote.
Michael Gove, MP for Surrey Heath, has been given the joint jobs of Housing, cross-government responsibility for levelling up the country and retains ministerial responsibility for the Union and elections. Within the conservative party, he does have a reputation for being more radical and getting things done.
Gove will be initially charged with delivering on the government’s promise to build 300,000 new homes a year and handle ongoing issues uncovered by the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Ben Beadle, Chief Executive of the National Residential Landlords Association said: “We welcome Michael Gove to his new position and look forward to working with him to ensure the rental market works for responsible landlords and tenants alike.
“Key to this will be addressing the supply crisis in the sector by developing pro-growth policies that recognise the vital contribution it makes to housing millions of people across the country.”
Propertymark CEO, Nathan Emerson, commented: “We welcome today’s appointment of Michael Gove as the new Secretary of State for Housing. Over the past 18 months housing has been high on the political agenda, with the long term Covid-19 inflicted stamp duty holiday and evictions ban due to close at the end of the month.
“We look forward to meeting the new Secretary of State and his team over the coming months and hope the Department’s position and policy focus stays on track.”