Boris Johnson appoints new construction minister

16 August 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Nadhim Zahawi

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s government has confirmed the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi as the new construction minister.

Zahawi’s role is officially parliamentary under secretary of state, minister for business and industry, within the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Zahawi, MP for Stratford-on-Avon since 2010, will cover a number of areas, including:

His appointment came after a recent reshuffle which 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.

Reacting to the news of Zahawi’s appointment, Caroline Gumble, CEO of the CIOB said: “Construction is a key part of the economy, a driver of jobs and growth. The quality of our buildings has a lasting impact on the wellbeing of individuals and communities across all regions and sectors. We look forward to working with the Minister to help ensure that the industry continues to thrive."


Not sure about the appointment of a minister for construction who is linked to oil companies, and voted down Legislation to ensure private rented accommodation is fit for human habitation. Does not bode well for ensuring that regulation makes buildings carbon neutral.

Alan Chapman, 19 August 2019

Well said Caroline Gumble , it’s all about partnerships and collective goals if we are to advance the construction industry of the uk, not only here but export our skills and iconic institutions with morals and standards on a global scale

Matk, 19 August 2019

Total cronyism. Just what the UK construction sector needs.

Have the baker toil in the garden and the gardener in the Bakery.

Member , 21 August 2019

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