Eric Pickles’ 5 year reign at the helm of Local Government has ended with his being replaced by the Rt Hon Greg Clark.
One can only wait and see whether the clear Government majority, ahead of the flawed Opinion Polls, and the new appointment will herald a change of Policy where meeting Housing Needs , as a boost to the Economy, is concerned.
The announcement reads:
The Rt Hon Greg Clark was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 11 May 2015. Previously Greg was appointed Minister of State on 7 October 2013 and Minister for Universities and Science on 15 July 2014. He was elected the Conservative MP for Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Born in Middlesbrough, Greg studied economics at Cambridge before earning his PhD from the London School of Economics.
Greg was Director of Policy for the Conservative Party from March 2001 for 3 successive Leaders; William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard, before being elected as the Member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells in 2005.
He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering. He then took up the position of Minister of State at Communities and Local Government, with responsibilities for Decentralisation and Planning Policy.
Greg was appointed Minister for Cities in July 2011 and Financial Secretary to the Treasury in September
Comments so far include:
“Greg Clark an obvious choice – he pushed through the NPPF”
“Interesting. I suppose that they don’t have to worry about vote-chasing for a while, so it’s a good time to confront localism.”