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General Election 2017: Javid keeps post as communities secretary

Words: Laura Edgar
Business secretary Sajid Javid

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that Sajid Javid will remain in post as the communities secretary, with Greg Clark staying on as secretary of state for the business, energy and industrial strategy.

Following last week’s general election, in which she lost her majority and is now building a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists Party (DUP), May has been reshuffling her cabinet.

Both Javid and Clark became secretaries of state of communities and energy respectively last year, when May took over from David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister.

Stephen Wilkinson, president of the RTPI, said: “We will continue to work constructively with the secretary of state [Javid] to ensure the homes, jobs and infrastructure communities across the UK need are delivered through the planning system. Developing and implementing a way to capture the rise in land value following public investment is critical to this delivery to ensure everyone benefits from development. I hope to discuss this and the other priorities outlined in our manifestos as soon as possible.”

The RTPI said it will write to the Javid to discuss planning’s role in delivery and the implementation of the measures contained within the housing white paper.

Michael Gove has been appointed as the environment, food and rural affairs secretary, with former environment secretary Andrea Leadsom becoming Leader of the House of Commons.

Philip Hammond is still the chancellor, while Chris Grayling also remains in post as the transport secretary.

Former housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell, who lost his 165 majority in Croydon Central, has been appointed as May’s chief of staff.

Further appointments, including ministers for each department, are yet to be announced.

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