Michael Gove has replaced Robert Jenrick as housing secretary after two years in the role, following a cabinet reshuffle.
Michael Gove has been appointed as the new secretary of state for housing, communities and local government
News that the MP for Newark had been let go by the prime minister emerged earlier today amidst a significant cabinet reshuffle.
Michael Gove, a former shadow housing minister, has now been confirmed as the new secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, following a stint as a cabinet office minister.
Mr Jenrick’s tenure was overshadowed by the fallout from the Grenfell Tower fire and the subsequent building safety remedial costs that have hit housing associations, councils, and thousands of leaseholders across the country.
Following the reshuffle today, Mr Jenrick posted on Twitter: “It’s been a huge privilege to serve as secretary of state. Thank you to everyone at the department for their hard work, dedication and friendship. I’m deeply proud of all we achieved. I will continue to support the prime minister and the government in every way I can.”
Soon after, his former minister Simon Clarke responded on Twitter: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to serve under Rob. He worked tirelessly to support councils through the Covid pandemic, alongside all his other work from housing reform to building safety to the huge progress made in tackling homelessness.”
A spokesperson for No.10 Downing Street said: “Robert Jenrick has led crucial work over the last two years, most importantly driving reforms to build more houses so home ownership becomes a reality for many more people. The prime minister is grateful for his drive and commitment.”
Mr Gove’s previous roles in government include education secretary, from May 2010 to July 2014, chief whip and parliamentary secretary to treasury, from July 2014 to May 2015, and justice secretary, from May 2015 to July 2016.
The former journalist was also shadow minister for housing from 2005 to 2007.