Who are the cabinet ministers impacting construction?


The prime minister has appointed a new cabinet following the general election – here are the ministers that will impact construction…

Credit: the Labour Party

Last week the Labour Party won a landslide victory in the 2024 General Election after 14-years of Conservative government. 

Prime minister Keir Starmer appointed new cabinet ministers on Friday 6 July, putting together a new team to work toward his plan for growth: 

Angela Rayner

Rayner is the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne and has been appointed to replace Michael Gove as secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities as well as deputy PM.

She has served as a member of parliament since 2014 and became shadow secretary of state and levelling up, housing communities in September 2023.

In addition, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich Matthew Pennycook has been appointed as junior minister in the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Rachel Reeves 

Rachel Reeves is the newly appointed chancellor of the exchequer replacing Jeremy Hunt.

Reeves was elected as MP for Bromley and Chislehurst in 2005 and became shadow chancellor of the exchequer in May 2021.

Jonathan Reynolds

Jonathan Reynolds has been appointed as secretary of sate for business and trade replacing Kemi Badanoch.

He is MP for Stalybridge and Hyde, first elected in 2010.

Reynolds has previously called for greater support for SMEs.

Ed Miliband

Miliband has been appointed secretary of state for energy security and net zero and serves as MP for Doncaster North.

He served as Labour leader between 2010 and 2015 shadow secretary of state for climate change and net zero in 2020.

Miliband replaces former climate secretary Claire Coutinho.

Louise Haigh

Louise Haigh has been appointed as secretary of state for transport following her being elected as Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley last Thursday.

She became a member of parliament in 2015 and became shadow secretary of state for transport in 2021.

Haigh has supported high-speed rail infrastructure.

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