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Gove replaces Jenrick in Cabinet reshuffle 16/09/2021 Labelled as Legislation

Michael Gove MP has replaced Robert Jenrick MP as Housing Secretary in the Prime Minister's Cabinet reshuffle. He was previously Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from July 2019 to September 2021. He was also Minister for the Cabinet Office from February 2020 to September 2021. He was Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from June 2017 to July 2019. Mr Gove was elected Conservative MP for Surrey Heath in 2005.


Mr Gove becomes the 4th Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government since January 2018, succeeding Sajid Javid (2018), James Brokenshire (2018/19) and Robert Jenrick (2019/21). In addition to his role as Housing Secretary, it is understood Mr Gove will retain responsibility for the union and elections and will take on responsibility for the Government's "levelling up" agenda.


There have also been changes at junior ministerial level in the Housing Ministry.


Kemi Badenoch MP will replace Luke Hall MP as Minister of State and it is understood will also retain her role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Equalities). 


She was previously Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from 13 February 2020 to 15 September 2021 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education from 27 July 2019 to 13 February 2020.


Details of the new Ministerial team at the Housing Ministry and their responsibilities can be found on the Government website.

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP and Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping & Housing) remain in post.


ARCH Chief Executive John Bibby comments:


"The constant revolving door of ministers at MHCLG is a concern for the housing sector and is even more surprising given that the Government's 2017 Housing White Paper acknowledged the need to "fix the broken housing market". This is the 4th change of Secretary of State in less than 4 years and when added to the constant change in Housing Ministers since 2015 is concerning".


Full details of the new ministerial team at MHCLG can be found on the Government website.

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