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Exiting Bojo appoints Greg Clark as new housing secretary

Clark, who worked at the department for 14 months in 2015/6, gets job as part of Boris Johnson's pre-resignation reshuffle.

Nigel Lewis

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Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, has been appointed as secretary of state at the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, replacing sacked predecessor Michael Gove for disloyalty.

The appointment leaves four vacant posts within the department after the resignation of minister Andrew Stuart yesterday.
For a time, just Eddie Hughes, who has kept quiet during yesterday’s historically-high 38+ resignations, was the only housing minister at the DLUHC.

Clark at least has some experience of housing having served at the department briefly during David Cameron’s government (for just 14 months) before becoming Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a post he held until 2019.

How long Clark keeps the job is another matter – Boris has spent today appointing new ministers to replace those who have departed in recent days despite an expected official resignation announcement later today.

Speculation is that Johnson will stay until the Tory party elects a new leader until ‘the Autumn’ but a new leader is unlikely to stick with his choice of ministers.

Eddie Hughes MP

Eddie Hughes (pictured) spent much of the past few days keeping his head down, except to give a speech at an affordable homes conference in London held by CapitalLetters, which he praised for helping 4,000 families to find homes in the private rented sector and that he department is to give the organisation £14m funding to carry on ‘this vital mission’.

But unsurprisingly, no mention of his boss being sacked or colleagues calling for Boris to resign.

Industry reaction

Nathan Emerson, Propertymark CEO 

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“We have previously met Greg Clark when he held the equivalent position in what was DCLG.

“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.”

Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops
Link to Stamp Duty featureAnother new Housing Secretary isn’t surprising as we all watch the turmoil of the past 24-hours in Westminster with more than 50 ministerial resignations.

“What is good about Greg Clark is that his previous stint on the front line as Business Secretary as well having previously served as secretary of state for communities and local government should put him in good standing when examining the deadlock between housebuilders and government, to encourage rather than impede the swift delivery of new homes to meet rising demand.

July 7, 2022

One comment

  1. We’ve had about 19 Housing Ministers in 21 years AAAhhh.

    So we have the renters reform bill, we all now know Michael Gove has gone, Housing Minister gone, all Leveling up department has gone. No stability. And they’ll get in some new Muppet’s with zero experience or qualifications to tell us how to house people. I’ve got a Master’s in housing compared to these Bafoon’s.
    I’m not allowed to leave, the same tenant of 25 years is not allowed to leave, & the same house is not allowed to leave. Yet the people who tell us how to rent houses out come & go.

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