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Liz Truss replaces David Gauke as Treasury chief secretary

Former justice secretary Liz Truss has replaced David Gauke as the chief secretary of the Treasury following prime minister Theresa May’s post-election reshuffle.

Ms Truss was removed from her post as justice secretary yesterday after less than a year in the role and will now take on the second most senior ministerial position at the Treasury.

She will be in charge of budget allocations across government including in areas such infrastructure policy and projects, procurement, transport policy and housing and planning.

Mr Gauke who had held the role since July last year has been appointed as secretary of state for work and pensions, taking over from Damian Green who was made first secretary of state yesterday.

He has been chancellor Philip Hammond’s right-hand man on economic policy since being appointed to role during Mrs May’s cabinet reshuffle last summer.

The South West Hertfordshire MP, who retained his seat and increased his majority by one per cent last week, also chaired a ministerial group overseeing the delivery of priority infrastructure projects, as well as coming up with a new list of PF2 projects for the government to take forward.

Last month, Construction News reported that plans to publish a list of PF2 projects as promised in November’s spending review had been scrapped until after the election.

The move will be seen as a demotion for Ms Truss who was heavily criticised after she failed to defend the high court judges following their decision to rule that Brexit could not be triggered without a vote in parliament.

Last week Ms Truss held onto her South West Norfolk seat, increasing her majority by 2.6 per cent.

The construction industry is also waiting to see who will be named as new housing minister after the incumbent Gavin Barwell lost his Croydon Central seat.

Mr Barwell was made Theresa May’s chief of staff as part of the reshuffle following the resignation of Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill who jointly held the role before the election.

Despite the reshuffle, Sajid Javid held onto his role as secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark remain as secretary for business, energy and industrial strategy and Chris Grayling stay on as transport secretary.

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