James Brokenshire has replaced Sajid Javid as housing secretary, following Javid's move to home secretary in the wake of Amber Rudd’s resignation.
Brokenshire was Northern Ireland secretary until he resigned in January because he was receiving medical treatment to remove a tumour on his lung. But the operation was successful and he has been recovering well.
Following his appointment, Brokenshire tweeted: “Honoured to have been asked by the Prime Minister to serve as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government. Looking forward to taking the government’s agenda forward especially on building the homes our country needs.”
Mark Hayward, chief executive of NAEA Propertymark, and David Cox, chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, are among those to welcome James Brokenshire’s appointment to Housing Secretary.
In a joint statement, the pair said: “We welcome James Brokenshire into his new role as housing secretary, following Sajid Javid’s move to home secretary.
“Over the last 12 months, housing has been high on the political agenda, with Sajid Javid and his team working closely with the industry to make qualifications for property professionals compulsory, and ultimately make the process of buying, selling, renting or leasing a property better for consumers.
“We look forward to meeting the new minister and working with him and his team over the coming months and hope the department’s position and policy focus stays on track.”
Dominic Raab remains in his position as housing minster.