Brokenshire ‘dropped in the deep end’ on day one

James Brokenshire in parliament on 30 April, 2018

New housing secretary answers questions on Grenfell Tower and green belt in Parliament just hours into post

New housing secretary James Brokenshire was in parliament answering questions on delivery targets, the green belt, council homes, the Hackitt Review and local government finance fewer than five hours after his appointment was announced.

Brokenshire was drafted in to the hot seat at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in a mini reshuffle triggered by former home secretary Amber Rudd’s Sunday night resignation that saw former housing secretary Sajid Javid moved to the Home Office.

Revealed as the new housing secretary shortly after 10am on Monday, he was fielding questions in the House of Commons alongside his ministerial team by 3pm.

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