PRIME MINISTER, Boris Johnson, has appointed Nadhim Zahawi to the role of construction minister – making him the third person to hold the post this year.
Conservative MP Nadhim has replaced Andrew Stephenson, who was moved out of the role as part of the PM’s cabinet reshuffle last month which also saw Robert Jenrick replace James Brokenshire as the secretary of state for the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and former GMTV presenter Esther McVey made minister of state for housing.
The business department, the office the construction portfolio falls within, has said Nadhim will be responsible for the following:
- Industrial Strategy delivery
- Sector Deals – sectoral lead on advanced manufacturing, materials (including steel) and infrastructure and construction
- Supply chains
- Local growth
- Better regulation and regulatory reform
Reacting to Nadhim’s appointment Dave Sheridan, executive chairman of Ilke Homes, said it came at a crucial time for the construction industry: “With an ageing workforce and a historically low number of young people entering the sector, Zahawi must be radical in his plans, if we are to address the structural issues that are strangling the sector.”