Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup, has become the new housing secretary. This follows Sajid Javid’s move to the new Secretary of State for the Home Department following the resignation of Amber Rudd. Javid became the housing secretary in 2016, before which he served as business secretary.

Melanie Leech, the chief executive at the British Property Federation, said: “While it is disappointing to lose Sajid Javid from housing, we welcome James Brokenshire and look forward to working with him to drive forward the government’s multi-tenure approach to new housing delivery and the policy changes to the National Planning Policy Framework. These changes underpin the government’s agenda on so many levels – providing the right homes in the right places will increase UK productivity, economic growth and social well-being in the long term.”