New Housing and Planning Minister Appointed

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Alok Sharma, the MP for Reading West, has been appointed the New Housing and Planning Minister. Theresa May has also confirmed that Sajid Javid MP is to continue as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Mr Sharma replaces Gavin Barwell, who is now the new chief of staff to the prime minster having lost his Croydon Central seat in the General Election last week. Following the announcement, Mr Sharma has said that he is ‘honoured to be appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning to work on building the homes Britain needs’.