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Angela Rayner and Matthew Pennycook were appointed within 72 hours of Keir Starmer becoming Prime Minister. Credit: House of Common, via CC BY-3.0,

Rayner, Pennycook take lead on housing

Angela Rayner has been appointed the secretary of state for the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government, while Matthew Pennycook is the new housing minister.

Rayner takes over the role of secretary from Michael Gove, while Pennycook replaces Lee Rowley. Both Conservatives are no longer in Parliament, Gove having chosen not to stand during the election and Rowley having lost his seat.

Rayner’s appointment was one of the first announced by Prime Minister Keir Starmer upon winning the election.

Pennycook is the 10th housing minister in the last five years.

He is no stranger to the brief, having been shadow housing minister since December 2021.

“It is a real honour to have been appointed minister of state…” Pennycook tweeted. “Tackling the housing crisis and boosting economic growth is integral to national renewal. Time to get to work.”


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