As part of a wide-ranging cabinet reshuffle instigated by new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Robert Jenrick MP has been named Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. He takes over from James Brokenshire, who had been in the role since April 2018.
Jenrick has been in Parliament since 2014 after winning the Newark by-election. He has held a range of roles throughout his time in Parliament including sitting on the House of Commons Health Committee and being parliamentary Private Secretary to various ministers including Esther McVey during her time as Employment Minister, Michael Gove and Liz Truss during their respective tenures as Justice Secretary and Amber Rudd as Home Secretary.
He became a minister during Theresa May's 2018 cabinet reshuffle, serving as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury with his remit including economic growth and productivity. He also became the youngest serving minister in Government. In terms of his current remit, Jenrick has shown policy interest in relevant areas such as heritage, infrastructure investments including overseeing plans for the Oxford-Cambridge arc transport project and has suggested housing policy ideas such as building on disued public land and selling at cost to under-40s. He is a strong advocate of reviving homeownershoip amongst younger generations.