Javid replaces Clark at DCLG in wide-ranging Cabinet reshuffle

15 Jul 16

Sajid Javid has been appointed communities and local government secretary by the new prime minister Theresa May in a reshuffle that saw a radical change in personnel as well as some machinery of government changes.

At DCLG, Javid replaces Greg Clark who had held the post since May last year. Clark remains in the Cabinet but moves to a newly created department as secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has been broken up, with policy for higher education returning to the Department for Education. The new business department also absorbs responsibility for energy as the Department for Energy and Climate Change has been abolished.

Justine Greening, formerly international development secretary, becomes education secretary, replacing Nicky Morgan who has left the government.

There were also promotions for Liz Truss, who becomes justice secretary replacing Michael Gove, and Damian Green, who becomes work and pensions secretary replacing Stephen Crabb.

After some speculation that he would be leaving the Cabinet or moving to a new brief, Jeremy Hunt stays on as health secretary. Defence secretary Michael Fallon has also retained his post.

Former employment minister Priti Patel replaces Greening at the Department for International Development.

Andrea Leadsom, who was briefly May’s chief rival for the premiership, becomes environment secretary. May’s campaign manager Chris Grayling becomes transport secretary replacing Patrick McLoughlin who is appointed Conservative Party chairman and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

Other departures from government include culture secretary John Whittingdale and Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin. They are replaced by Karen Bradley and Ben Gummer respectively.

David Mundell and Alun Cairns remain as Scottish and Welsh secretaries and James Brokenshire joins the Cabinet as Northern Ireland secretary, replacing Theresa Villiers who declined a place in May’s administration.

On her first evening as prime minister, May appointed Philip Hammond as her chancellor, Amber Rudd as home secretary and Boris Johnson as foreign secretary. Leading pro-Brexit advocates David Davis and Liam Fox assume newly created Cabinet roles focused on leaving the European Union and international trade respectively.

Gavin Williamson has replaced Mark Harper as chief whip and former Europe minister David Lidington becomes leader of the House of Commons. Natalie Evans, a former deputy director of the Policy Exchange think-tank and now a life peer, becomes leader of the Lords and Jeremy Wright stays on as attorney general.

Responding to Javid’s appointment, Local Government Association chair Lord Porter urged him to continue innovative reforms, such as devolution and business rates retention.

“We will work with the secretary of state to ensure councils and their residents get the best possible deal,” he added.

  • Vivienne Russell

    Vivienne Russell is managing editor of Public Finance magazine and publicfinance.co.uk

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