Although the latest British general election results were unexpected, the re-appointment of two MPs key to Construction in the UK was welcomed by the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF). Greg Clark MP re-appointed as secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a role with responsibilities for developing and delivering industrial strategy, the government’s relationship with businesses ensuring energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean; and promoting science, research and innovation for tackling climate change. Sajid Javid was also re-appointed as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - responsible for creating places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area. The BMF’s Managing Director, John Newcomb, wants to: “See strong political determination behind concerted action to simplify and speed up planning approvals to increase housing completions.”

Also part of the repercussions of the general election results was the appointment of former housing minister Gavin Barwell, who lost his Croydon Central seat, as Theresa May’s new chief of staff (replacing resigning advisors Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill). Time will tell whether these appointments, and indeed the constitution of the new government, will affect the construction industry but the need for more housing and push for clearer regulatory legislation will remain the same.

Source of Election Results map