The government has appointed a new Construction minister, just one month after the role last changed hands.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, will take on the energy portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy – which includes responsibility for the construction sector – following the departure of Kwasi Kwarteng.
Kwarteng has been promoted to business secretary after previous incumbent Alok Sharma left to focus on his role as president of the UN COP26 climate conference.
Kwarteng was named Construction minister in early December, making his tenure the shortest ever.
Nadhim Zahawi, Mr Kwarteng’s predecessor as Construction minister, left to take on ministerial responsibility for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Background: Anne-Marie Trevelyan
As minister of state for business, energy, and clean growth, Trevelyan’s other responsibilities include green finance and energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty.
She was previously international development secretary from February to September 2020, before which she held ministerial roles at the Ministry of Defence.
In November, she was appointed UK international champion on adaptation and resilience for the COP26 presidency.
Via Twitter, Trevelyan said: “So thrilled to be taking on UK energy portfolio @beisgovuk & my COP26 A&R role.
“The PM’s 10-point plan will revolutionise our homes, travel, businesses and jobs across the UK.”
Image: Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Credit: Chris McAndrew
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