The government has announced that Alok Sharma, the MP for Reading West, as the new housing and planning minister.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid confirmed the appointment on Twitter:
Sharma replaces Gavin Barwell, who lost his Croydon Central seat in the General Election. He tweeted:
Responding to the appointment of Alok Sharma MP as the new housing and planning minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government, CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said “We’d like to congratulate Alok Sharma on his appointment. The Conservative manifesto rightly recognised that we need an ambitious long-term plan to tackle our national housing crisis. We at CIH, along with housing professionals across the country, are ready to work with Mr Sharma on developing that plan and putting it into practice.”