New Government Housing Appointments in Boris Reshuffle

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Two new housing appointments have been made by Boris Johnson in his government reshuffle as he takes office.

The first of the housing appointments sees Robert Jenrick appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, replacing James Brokenshire in the post.

Mr Jenrick has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Newark since 2014 and was made Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury in January 2018. He was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary and the youngest Minister in Theresa May’s government.

Before entering politics, Robert Jenrick was a qualified solicitor and practised corporate law with international law firms, Skadden Arps and Sullivan & Cromwell. He also held a series of senior financial roles in the art business Christies.

The second of the new housing appointments sees Esther McVey appointed new Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government. She replaces Kit Malthouse.

The former TV presenter is the MP for Tatton and has previously held one other role in the cabinet when she was work and pensions secretary between January and November 2018.

She has also held roles as the minister for employment and deputy chief government whip and parliamentary undersecretary for disabilities.

Before being elected as MP for Tatton in 2017 she had previously spent five years as MP for Wirral West before losing her seat to Labour MP Margaret Greenwood.

Esther McVey is possibly best known for her role co-hosting the ITV morning programme, GMTV.

Boris Johnson had already indicated that he will reverse many of the increased stamp duty measures introduced by George Osbourn, and experts in the property sector are keen to see what other measures he can bring in to help the market.

With the two new housing appointments following many before them, the UK property industry will be hoping that the government will finally get their house in order.

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