Simon Clarke appointed new housing secretary

Simon Clarke has been appointed housing secretary in new prime minister Liz Truss’ government.

Clarke, who replaces Greg Clark in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities only two months after the latter was appointed, has been MP for Middlesborough South and East Cleveland since 2017.

He was previously chief secretary to the Treasury, a post to which he was appointed in September 2021.

From February to September 2020, Clarke was minister for regional growth and local government. And before this, he was exchequer secretary to the Treasury, appointed in July 2019.

In a Tweet, Clarke said it was a “huge honour to be appointed secretary of state @luhc. Delivering on Levelling Up for communities in all parts of our country, unlocking the homes we need and supporting the economic growth that is so central to @trussLiz’s government is our mission – will give it my all”.

He becomes the fourth housing secretary in the past year, with his other predecessors being Robert Jenrick (from July 2019 to September 2021) and Michael Gove, sacked by previous PM Boris Johnson in July before Johnson announced his resignation.