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New construction minister appointed after just one month

12 January 2021
Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Anne-Marie Trevelyan has become the latest construction minister, replacing Kwasi Kwarteng after just one month following his appointment as business secretary.

Trevelyan, who is MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has been handed the energy portfolio, which includes construction, after Kwarteng moved up to replace Alok Sharma, who in turn will focus full-time on his role as president of the UN COP26 global climate talks in Glasgow this year.

Kwarteng was appointed construction minister in December 2020, after his predecessor Nadhim Zahawi was placed in charge of England’s coronavirus vaccine roll-out.

In his new role as business secretary, Kwarteng sent a letter to the construction industry yesterday (11 January), restating the government position that construction and its supply chain should continue to operate during the latest coronavirus lockdown. Thanking the sector for its efforts, Kwarteng said: “It is vital that construction continues through these unsettling times and I want to reassure you that the government values the crucial contribution your sector is making. Whether delivering on large or small construction sites, and in peoples’ homes across the country, in builders’ merchants, designing and project managing schemes or producing construction and mineral products, you are making a major contribution to the economic recovery following covid-19.”


I work in the social housing sector as a liaison officer. I visit and enter up to 30 properties per day. I have 9 colleagues that do exactly the same. That’s 300 properties visited per day
This is not stopping the spread of the virus it’s only enhancing it
I don’t class kitchen and bathroom refurbishments as essential work
Myself and my colleagues are very worried about this and do not feel safe

Anthony Flynn, 14 January 2021

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