Grant Shapps leaves housing for Tory Chair role
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Grant Shapps leaves housing role for Tory Chairmanship
The Prime Minister has confirmed that Grant Shapps will no longer continue his role as housing minister after being promoted to the cabinet as the co-chair of the Conservative Party.
No 10 confirmed the news in a busy day of reshuffles which has also seen under fire disabilities minister Maria Miller move over to culture secretary and Jeremy Hunt to health.
It was earlier announced today that Sayeeda Warsi - who co-chaired the Party with Andrew Feldman since 2010 - had vacated the position, with Shapps a firm favourite to take the role.
Tweeting from the official Twitter page of the co-chairman of the Conservative Party - the same page used by Sayeeda Warsi to sign off from the position - Mr Shapps said: "Delighted to have been appointed @
torychairman - looking forward to working with the team at CCHQ."
Baroness Warsi's new role will see her become senior minister of state at the foreign office & Minister for Faith & Communities (attending Cabinet) at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
An announcement on who will take over the housing brief at DCLG is due either today or tomorrow, with Nick Boles, MP for Grantham and Stamford, thought to be in the running. Mr Boles set up influential right wing think tank the Policy Exchange.
One source said: "There has been a lot of talk about Nick Boles - who is clearly very much on the up - moving to a significant position and housing would fit the bill."
Grainia Long, chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Housing, said one of Mr Shapps' greatest achievements was to push through the changes to local authority self financing, something that CIH was instrumental in campaigning for.
She said: “Grant was able to look beyond self-financing’s origins as a policy adopted by the previous Labour administration, taking the politics out of the policy and concentrating instead on the benefits to residents and communities across the country. I would personally like to wish Grant the very best of luck in his new position as Conservative Party co-chairman.”
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