Sajid Javid has been appointed Home Secretary following Amanda Rudd’s resignation amid the Windrush scandal; former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, will take his place.
Brokenshire has been appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in the place of Javid, a post he had held since July 2016.
James Brokenshire has today been appointed as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Brokenshire said, “I am determined to get Britain building the homes our country needs so everyone can afford a place to call their own.
“One of my top priorities is going to be ensuring everyone affected by the Grenfell Tower fire gets the support they need and we learn lessons from the tragedy so something like this can never happen again.
“As the son of a former chief executive of a council local government is in the blood for me. So I look forward to working with councils across the country by supporting them to deliver quality public services and build strong integrated communities.”
His appointment has sparked some concern among industry players, who fear Javid’s departure will lead to more disruption and uncertainty in the housebuilding market.
Johnny Caddick, Managing Director at Moda, said, “The housing crisis is not going to solve itself, it will take strong leadership from the government and a consistent approach to oversee the changes needed to build a home for everyone. The lack of ministerial continuity should worry the entire sector, so we hope that James Brokenshire can buck the trend of past ministers and provide stability to the government’s housing approach and see through the much-needed reforms.”
Brokenshire was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 14 July 2016 to 8 January 2018. He was elected the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup in 2010.
Brokenshire was MP for Hornchurch and Rainham from 2005 until the constituency was abolished in 2010. He has campaigned on issues such as crime, asylum and immigration and keeping healthcare facilities at his local hospital. From 2006 to 2010 he was Shadow Minister for Home Affairs.
Brokenshire was Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Home Office from May 2010 until February 2014. He served as Minister for Immigration and Security at the Home Office from 2014 to 2015 and as Minister for Immigration from May 2015 until July 2016.
Jean-Marc Vandevivere, CEO of PLATFORM_, said, “Consistency of message and of policy is fundamental to ensure we see the necessary reforms and effort needed to provide a solution to the housing crisis. Sajid Javid’s reality check on renting has been welcome and we hope that James Brokenshire will continue it, while also enacting new policies that support everyone from first time buyers to long term renters get the home they need.”