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Need to know: Communities and business roles

Big roles for new communities secretary Sajid Javid and business, energy and industrial strategy secretary Greg Clark. Here’s what you need to know.

Sajid Javid


MP for Bromsgrove, in Worcester.

In March Mr Javid criticised plans to build 2,800 homes in his constituency, according to the Bromsgrove Standard.

In a letter to the planning inspector on the scheme, he said: “In terms of infrastructure, such large-scale development in Foxlydiate would be inefficient for those living and commuting into Redditch.

“I also wish to re-emphasise my concern that land within Redditch Borough is fully utilised before any consideration is given to expanding the area’s housing need into Bromsgrove Green Belt as a neighbouring district.”

Voting record

Consistently voted for reducing central government funding of local government.

Almost always voted for local councils keeping money raised from taxes on business premises in their areas.

Generally voted against more powers for local councils, according to the website

Former roles

Business secretary: May 2015-Jul 2016

Equality minister: Apr 2014–Jul 2014

Culture secretary: Apr 2014–May 2015

Financial secretary to the Treasury: Oct 2013–Apr 2014

Greg Clark


Former communities secretary Greg Clark takes over as the head of the newly formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The new department will replace the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

The MP for Tunbridge Wells has previous experience with the energy sector after spending two years as the shadow energy secretary.

He is a supporter of fracking and has previously voted against greater regulation of extracting shale gas.

He has consistently voted to reduce the rate of corporation tax and against bringing in financial incentives for low-carbon emission electricity generation.

Voting record

Consistently voted for reducing the rate of corporation tax.

Voted a mixture of for and against stronger tax incentives for companies to invest in assets.

Voted a mixture of for and against financial incentives for low-carbon emission electricity generation methods.

Generally voted against measures to prevent climate change.

Generally voted against greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas.

Former roles

Communities secretary: May 2015–Jul 2016

Universities, science and cities minister: Jul 2014–May 2015

Cities and constitution minister: Oct 2013–May 2015

Shadow energy secretary: Oct 2008–May 2010

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