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Member Briefing: Brandon Lewis re-appointment confirmed (TEST)

Date: 12/05/15

Brandon Lewis re-appointment confirmed

Brandon Lewis MP has been re-appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning in the latest stage of the Prime Minister's appointments to ministerial office following the Conservative election victory last week.

Earlier in the day it was widely reported that Mark Francois MP, who was appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government yesterday, would hold the housing brief but it has been confirmed this afternoon that Lewis will continue in the role he took on last year. The ministerial responsibilities of Mr Francois are yet to be confirmed.

James Wharton, MP for Stockton South, has joined the ministerial team at DCLG with particular responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse, the Chancellor's plans to boost the economy of northern England.

Nuneaton MP, Marcus Jones who had served on the Communities and Local Government Select Committee during the last parliament is the new Minister for Local Government.

Both Jones's and Wharton's seats were key Labour Party targets in last week's general election but both were successful in being re-elected with increased majorities. In an interview over the weekend the Prime Minister said that the Nuneaton result was the moment when he realised that the exit polls were correct and his party was heading for electoral victory.

David O'Leary

Deputy Director of External Affairs