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Greg Clark takes over as Communities Secretary as Cameron shuffles his pack

by on May 13, 2015

The appointment of Greg Clark as Communities Secretary in the new government has signalled that devolution and a focus on cities will be an important feature of the administration’s agenda.

Clark, MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells, worked in the Department for Communities and Local Government during the early days of the Coalition where he had responsibility for decentralisation and planning policy.

Subsequently he has been minister for Cities, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and more recently Minister for Universities and Science. He is known as a moderniser and a keen advocate of localism.

Clark succeeds Eric Pickles and is one of four changes in the Department which now has three new faces. James Wharton, the 31-year-old Stockton South MP, has been made the minister responsible for the “northern powerhouse” in Cameron’s new administration. His departmental post is his first ministerial role.

The other two DCLG newcomers are Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones and Essex MP Mark Francois, the constituency member for Rayleigh. Both have experience as former local government members.

Jones was previously a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and PPS to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.  Francois has been a Government Whip and a former Minister of State for the Armed Forces.

In other ministerial announcements Patrick McLoughlin returns as Transport Secretary while Liz Truss continues in her role as Environment Secretary.

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