News Up-date: Monday, Mark Francois was named as Brandon Lewis’ replacement as housing and planning minister.
However, a surprise announcement today (Tuesday 12th May) it appears that Lewis is to remain housing and planning minister post, after a mix-up at the department yesterday.
It’s an inauspicious start to the new Government’s housing and planning oversight, but a spokesperson for the communities department has now confirmed that Lewis will stay on as Housing and Planning Minister in David Cameron’s new cabinet, while Francois’ responsibilities as a minister at the department are yet to be confirmed.
Mark Francois, a former Armed Forces Minister, was listed as Housing and Planning Minister yesterday on the Communities department website after David Cameron put him in his cabinet.
Prime Minister Cameron pressed on with the final round of appointments for his cabinet today. James Wharton has been appointed a junior minister for the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ within the communities department. Former solicitor, 31-year-old Wharton is the MP for Stockton South and will now become responsible for boosting jobs and growth in the north.
In another property related appointment, Matthew Hancock is to replace Francis Maude as minister for the cabinet office. Part of his role will involve cutting the size of the government’s estate and costs from major public sector construction projects. Mr Hancock is MP for West Suffolk and a former Bank of England economist specialising in the housing market.