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Boris Johnson supporters named as temporary housing ministers

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has been packed with MPs loyal to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as a result of the political turmoil of last week.

In addition to new Housing Secretary Greg Clarke - regarded as a political moderate in Conservative circles - the new housing ministers are Paul Scully, the Sutton and Cheam MP who was regularly used by the government to appear on TV and radio and apologise on behalf of Johnson. He joins the DLUHC from his former post as Minister for London.

Another new appointment is the low profile Marcus Jones, MP for Nuneaton; he has held several senior roles in government, including a junior whip, assistant government whip, and minister for local government. Jones becomes the 21st different housing minister since 1997.


Eddie Hughes - who appeared in the Commons on the front bench, close to Johnson, during last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions - remains as a housing minister as well. Hughes was one of the architects of the A Fairer Rented Sector White Paper and Renters Reform Bill.

The new Prime Minister to be elected in the coming months is likely to reshuffle the ministers and possibly appoint a new Secretary of State.

Nathan Emerson, Propertymark chief executive, says: “We have previously met Greg Clark when he held the equivalent position in what was Department of Communities and Local Government. 

"The hope from having someone with this experience is that he will be able to maintain momentum on important issues such as renters reform, leasehold, building and fire safety requirements and regulation standards amongst property professionals.”

* Former housing minister Grant Shapps has now declared himself as one of the many candidates vying to become Tory Party leader; also standing is Kemi Badenoch, a former minister at the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities until she resigned last week. 

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  • George Dawes

    Anyone who supports this ridiculous net zero drivel needs to see a shrink

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    Are all the appointees committed to reducing the number of small landlords and reducing the size of the private rental sector?

    Anyone wanting to do that without making provision for the homeless needs to see a shrink

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    I am sure they mean MP. Paul Scully, Sutton & Cheam (not Cheap).
    Eddie Hughes still in Place Minister for levelling Private Housing Sector to the ground.


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