Building Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been appointed as the new Minister of Commerce as part of Boris Johnson’s ongoing restructuring. A new construction minister has not been named, so there is a chance that Trevelyan will keep the role alongside her new cabinet mandate.
The appointment of junior ministerial posts, including the building minister, is expected to be announced tomorrow.
Number 10 has confirmed that Kwasi Kwarteng, State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will remain in his office.
Trevelyan, who held the role of Minister for International Development before this department was merged with the Foreign Office in September last year, was the fifth Minister for Construction in less than two years when she was appointed in January this year. She replaced Kwarteng, who had held the job for less than a month.
Kwarteng was appointed when his predecessor Nadhim Zahawi – who now became Boris Johnson’s new education secretary – was transferred to oversee the introduction of the Covid-19 vaccine in England.
Prior to Zahawi, current HS2 Secretary Andrew Stephenson held the role of Minister of Construction for four months after taking over from Richard Harrington in April 2019.
Trevelyan oversaw the scrapping of the failed government Green Homes Grant program for energy-efficient home retrofits in March.
Trevelyan also supported the Construction Leadership Council’s C02nstruct Zero plan to drive carbon out of industry, which urged companies to use zero-emission vehicles and low-carbon materials.
In today’s remodel, Michael Gove also replaced Robert Jenrick as Housing Secretary.
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Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland have also been sacked, while former Trade Secretary Liz Truss has replaced Dominic Raab as Secretary of State.