Brandon Lewis has been promoted to the post of Minister for Planning and Housing as a result of the Government reshuffle announced by David Cameron this week.
The Yarmouth MP, who had been Parliamentary Under-secretary for Local Government since 2012 with particular responsibility for the fire service, high streets, Travellers and community pubs, said he was “honoured” to be made a minister.
Via Twitter he said:
“Thank you to everyone for the kind messages, am looking forward to the work ahead.”
He replaces Nick Boles, who has been moved from Planning Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to become a minister with a joint remit in both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education.
A new face in the department is North Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt, appointed as parliamentary under-secretary of state at the DCLG with responsibility for coastal towns and specifically Portsmouth.
Norfolk MP Liz Truss, the former schools minister, is replacing Owen Paterson as Environment Secretary.