Number 10 confirms Shapps will leave housing role
Number 10 has confirmed Grant Shapps has been promoted to the cabinet leaving his post as housing minister.
Mr Shapps will be a cabinet minister without portfolio and Conservative party chair.
He takes on the post vacated by Baroness Warsi, who is moving to take on a dual ministerial role as faith and communities minister at the Communities and Local Government department, and as a foreign office minister.
Mr Shapps had been in his former post since May 2010, making him one of the longest serving housing ministers of recent times.
Grainia Long, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: ‘Grant enjoyed an extended tenure in the housing brief as both shadow and then housing minister. One of his greatest achievements was to push through the changes to local authority self financing, something that CIH was instrumental in campaigning for.
‘I would personally like to wish Grant the very best of luck in his new position as Conservative Party co-chairman.’
- Justice secretary Ken Clarke is moving to another cabinet-level role, advising on economic issues. As secretary of state for justice he championed cuts to legal aid that will see it restricted to cases where there is an immediate risk of homelessness. He has been replaced by former employment minister Chris Grayling.
- Iain Duncan Smith is staying in his post as work and pensions secretary, overseeing the government’s welfare reform agenda.
- Andrew Lansley has been replaced as health secretary by Jeremy Hunt, who was culture secretary.
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