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Former Northern Ireland Secretary to replace Sajid Javid as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government by Vivien Moseley

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James Brokenshire is set to take over from Sajid Javid as Housing and Communities Secretary, as Theresa May appoints Javid to replace Amber Rudd after her resignation as Home Secretary on Sunday evening.

Downing Street confirmed that Sajid Javid has been moved to the Home Office, while Brokenshire, will now replace him at the Department for Housing, Communities, and Local Government (DHCLG).

Brokenshire stepped down from his Cabinet role as Northern Ireland Secretary in January 2017 due to ill health, he has been a Member of Parliament since 2005 and is seen as a key ally of Theresa May. A former solicitor who specialised in international law and advised a range of companies, businesses and financial institutions in the UK and overseas.

With the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government recently being renamed to include the housing portfolio with that of communities, along with a long-term inconsistency in post holders, Brokenshire is sure to face some challenges on his return to frontline politics.

As his brief includes a raft of key environmental policies he will certainly be receiving immediate calls for central government to reintroduce zero carbon home standards for new properties and boost the enforcement of existing energy efficiency standards.

Brokenshire will also be tasked with adjudicating over the increasingly intense debate over allowing more building on the green belt and he will no doubt be confronted with demands for the government to rethink its stringent planning rules for onshore renewables energy projects.