The government has announced the appointment of a new housing minister.

James Brokenshire has been appointed as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The move comes after former housing minister Sajid Javid was promoted to home secretary following the resignation of Amber Rudd.

The former Northern Ireland secretary will replace Mr Javid at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), formerly the DCLG.

He becomes the fourth secretary of state responsible for housing in the last three years, also following on from Greg Clark and Eric Pickles.

Mr Brokenshire Says: “I am honoured to have been asked by the Prime Minister to serve as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

“I am determined to get Britain building the homes our country needs so everyone can afford a place to call their own.

“One of my top priorities is going to be ensuring everyone affected by the Grenfell Tower fire gets the support they need and we learn lessons from the tragedy so something like this can never happen again.

“As the son of a former chief executive of a council, local government is in the blood for me.

“So I look forward to working with councils across the country by supporting them to deliver quality public services and build strong integrated communities.”

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