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07/07/2022

Greg Clark announced as levelling up secretary

Words: Laura Edgar
Greg Clark / Greg Clark by UK Parliament is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Greg Clark has been appointed as levelling up and housing secretary by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he shores up his cabinet.

This follows the sacking of Michael Gove last night (6 July) after he urged Johnson to resign as support for him dwindled.

Clark was elected as Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells in 2005.

In May 2015, Clark replaced Eric Pickles as communities secretary in the Department for Communities and Local Government, now known as the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). This was as part of David Cameron’s ministerial team.

In 2016, following the vote to leave the European Union, then prime minister Theresa May appointed Clark as the secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

On Twitter, Clark said: "We have a duty to ensure that the country has a functioning government in the weeks ahead. Having been secretary of state at the communities department before, I will do my best to provide stability, good governance and accountability to Parliament at this important time."


UPDATE:

This cabinet reshuffle came just before Johnson announced his resignation as prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party. He plans to remain as caretaker prime minister until the autumn while a leadership contest is prepared.


A wave of resignations from the government and growing announcements of a loss of confidence in Johnson were sparked by his handling of allegations of sexual misconduct against the MP for Tamworth, Christopher Pincher.


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Image credit | Greg Clark by UK Parliament is licensed under CC BY 3.0

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