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Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, or informally Communities Secretary is a Cabinet position heading the UK's Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, previously known as the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2006 to 2018.[1]

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
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Incumbent
Robert Jenrick

since 24 July 2019
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
StyleCommunities Secretary
(informal)
The Right Honourable
(within the UK and the Commonwealth)
AppointerThe Monarch
on advice of the Prime Minister
Formation6 May 2006
First holderDavid Miliband
Websitewww.communities.gov.uk

This department was created in 2006 by then British prime minister Tony Blair to replace the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The Secretary of State took over the responsibilities of the Minister of State for Communities and Local Government. This post, within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, was created in 2005, on the transfer of several of the functions of the then Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott.

ResponsibilitiesEdit

As well as general responsibilities within the department's remit, the Secretary of State has the power to determine "called in" planning applications and "recovered" appeals in England.[2]

List of Secretaries and MinistersEdit

Minister of State for Communities and Local Government
Portrait Name Term of office Party Ministry Ref.
  David Miliband
MP for South Shields
5 May
2005
5 May
2006
Labour Blair III [3]
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Portrait Name Term of office Party Ministry Ref.
  Ruth Kelly
MP for Bolton West
6 May
2006
27 June
2007
Labour Blair III [4]
  Hazel Blears
MP for Salford
28 June
2007
5 June
2009
Labour Brown [5]
  John Denham
MP for Southampton Itchen
5 June
2009
11 May
2010
Labour [6]
  Eric Pickles
MP for Brentwood and Ongar
12 May
2010
11 May
2015
Conservative Cameron–Clegg
(Con.L.D.)
[7]
  Greg Clark
MP for Tunbridge Wells
11 May
2015
14 July
2016
Conservative Cameron II [8]
  Sajid Javid
MP for Bromsgrove
14 July
2016
8 January
2018
Conservative May I [9]
May II
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Portrait Name Term of office Party Ministry Ref.
  Sajid Javid
MP for Bromsgrove
8 January
2018
30 April
2018
Conservative May II [9]
  James Brokenshire
MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup
30 April
2018
24 July
2019
Conservative May II [10]
  Robert Jenrick
MP for Newark
24 July
2019
Incumbent
Conservative Johnson [11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government". Government of The United Kingdom. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
  2. ^ House of Commons Library https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN00930
  3. ^ "Rt Hon David Miliband". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Ruth Kelly". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Rt Hon Hazel Blears". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Rt Hon John Denham". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Rt Hon Greg Clark MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Sajid Javid announced as new Home Secretary after Amber Rudd's resignation". Sky News. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Robert Jenrick replaces James Brokenshire as housing secretary". Inside Housing. Retrieved 25 July 2019.