From today, the construction industry has a new contact within the government. As part of today’s cabinet reshuffle, Michael Fallon has moved on from his position as minister of state for business, enterprise and energy, to be replaced by Matt Hancock.
The prime minister’s 2014 reshuffle has been making the headlines throughout Tuesday, with promotions, demotions, and dismissals aplenty.
Fallon, who has been promoted to defence secretary, will be remembered as a driving force behind the government’s Construction 2025 document. He’d served in the construction minister post for just shy of two years.
His replacement, Matt Hancock, was formerly the minister for skills and enterprise. This is Hancock’s first term as an MP, having been elected by the West Suffolk constituency in the general election of 2010.
“It’s an honour to attend Cabinet as Minister for Business, Enterprise & Energy,” the minister said on Twitter, “Thanks for all the kind messages. Can’t wait to get started.”
The proximity to the nextgeneral election, scheduled for the spring of 2015, has caused some to argue that the newly incumbent ministers – Hancock included – will act as safe hands, rather than agents of any seismic changes to their fields.
We’ll continue to track news on the reshuffle; in the meantime, what do you think of Hancock’s appointment?