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Esther McVey becomes Housing Minister, while Robert Jenrick is Housing Secretary

Robert Jenrick has been named the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, while Esther McVey has been appointed Housing Minister, as part of the cabinet reshuffle carried out by the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Jenrick replaces James Brokenshire, who has left the position after just over 12 months in the role.

Jenrick, aged 37, previously worked in the Treasury as Exchequer Secretary, and prior to that he was the Parliamentary Private Secretary of Michael Gove, during his time as Justice Secretary, and Amber Rudd, during her time as Home Secretary.


McVey has replaced Kit Malthouse as Housing Minister, who spent just 12 months in the role.


Many property professionals are frustrated with the merry-go-round of housing ministers, with McVey becoming the 17th MP to hold this role in 19 years.

Malthouse’s predecessor, Dominic Raab, held the housing ministerial post for just six months, which is clearly not enough time to fix the broken housing market, especially as Prime Minister Theresa May had identified it as a key priority of her government.

Commenting on the issue, Trevor Abrahmsohn, director at Glentree Estates, said: “The successive changes of Housing Ministers and the distractions of the Brexit debacle, have in combination, not assisted this vital social requirement and let us hope that the new Tory administration will do a better job.”

Meanwhile, Johnson appointed former Housing Minister Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary, while Sajid Javid, a former Housing Secretary, is the newly appointed Chancellor.

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Poll: Are you frustrated with the merry-go-round of housing ministers, with McVey becoming the 17th MP to hold this role in 19 years.


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    • 25 July 2019 10:21 AM

    All Boris has to do is increase the HRT threshold to £80000
    This will stop many LL from selling up as few would then be affected by S24.
    So rental stock wouldn't reduce much

  • John Cart

    What are the credentials of these two?? Is the Landlord bashing going to stop now or will these two just continue on doing the bidding of Shelter and Generation Rant.

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    the usual for politicians--none

    same for civil servants

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    Dont trust the blonde?


    But is it out of a bottle ?

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    The blonde McVey that is.

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    Mr Jenrick Secretary of State for Housing at 37, now he’s bound to have made far bigger contribution to housing than me only 41yrs a landlord, they are a waste of time. A new scenario proposed that the seller should pay SD, is it not enough to have to pay Capital Gains tax, how much would you pay or would you have to try to avoid a second home buyer who’s SD is much higher.
    I agree the threshold for higher rate tax payer to £80k, currently I am paying 40% over £37.5k and not over £50k as they would have you believe as they have taken away my personal allowance that others automatically get. Is it no wonder I am feeling a bit p’off having taken away wear & tear & imposed a dozen other costs on me a one man band.


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