Sajid Javid has been made communities secretary as part of new prime minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, replacing Greg Clark.

Sajid Javid

Javid is a former managing director at Deutsche Bank, and entered politics in 2010 when he was elected MP for Bromsgrove.

In his new job as secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, he will be responsible for setting rules on everything from council spending to planning laws. 

He is a long-time eurosceptic, but campaigned to remain in the European Union in last month’s referendum.

Clark “thrilled” with new role

Greg Clark will now head up a new department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The department will replace both the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), which May abolished today.

Commenting on his newly created role, Clark said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change.”

May’s ruthless reshuffle

The moves come as part of a ruthless reshuffle from May, who today sacked many senior cabinet figures, including former justice secretary Michael Gove (see below for full details of the new cabinet).

Elsewhere, with all key positions now filled in the cabinet, it is expected that Brandon Lewis will remain as minister of state for housing and planning.

The new cabinet

Theresa May - Prime minister

Philip Hammond - Chancellor (promoted - was foreign secretary)

Boris Johnson - Foreign secretary (promoted - was backbencher)

Amber Rudd - Home secretary (promoted - was energy secretary)

Michael Fallon - Defence secretary (no change)

David Davis - Brexit secretary (promoted - was backbencher)

Liam Fox - International trade secretary (promoted - was backbencher)

Liz Truss - Justice secretary (promoted - was environment secretary)

Justine Greening - Education secretary and minister for women and equalities (promoted - was international development secretary)

Gavin Williamson - Chief whip (promoted - was David Cameron’s PPS)

Patrick McLoughlin - Conservative chairman (promoted/moved sideways - was transport secretary)

Jeremy Hunt - Health secretary (no change)

Natalie Evans - Leader of the Lords (promoted - was a Lords whip)

Chris Grayling - Transport secretary (promoted/moved sideways - was leader of the Commons)

Damian Green - Work and pensions secretary (promoted - was a backbencher)

Andrea Leadsom - Environment secretary (promoted - was energy minister)

Sajid Javid - Communities secretary (moved sideways/demoted - was business secretary)

James Brokenshire - Northern Ireland secretary (promoted - was immigration minister)

Greg Clark - Business and energy secretary (promoted - was communities secretary)

Priti Patel - International development secretary (promoted - was employment minister)

Karen Bradley - Culture secretary (promoted - was home office minister)

Alun Cairns - Welsh secretary (no change)

David Lidington - Leader of the Commons (promoted - former European minister)

David Gauke - Chief secretary to the treasury (promoted - former financial secretary to the treasury)

Jeremy Wright - Attorney general (no change)

No longer in the cabinet

George Osborne - Was chancellor

Michael Gove - Was justice secretary

Nicky Morgan - Was education secretary

John Whittingdale - Was culture secretary

Oliver Letwin - Was cabinet office minister

Theresa Villiers - Was Northern Ireland secretary

Tina Stowell - No longer leader of the Lords

Stephen Crabb - Was work and pensions secretary


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