The first official engagement of the new Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary was to attend a meeting today (25th July) with the Local Government Association’s (LGA) chairman.
Robert Jenrick, who will take over from James Brokenshire in Johnson’s new cabinet, said he wanted to discuss how they can “work productively” with the LGA to ensure local government delivers “great and quality public services that matter to all of us”.
Commenting on the meeting, Cllr James Jamieson, LGA chairman, said it was “great” to welcome Robert Jenrick MP to the LGA’s Smith Square headquarters, and that he looked forward to working with him on the key issues and opportunities which lie ahead.
Jenrick tweeted afterward about his “respect for and commitment to all who serve in local government across the country”.
Pleased to visit @LGAcomms immediately after Cabinet this morning to make clear my respect for and commitment to all who serve in local government across the country.
— Robert Jenrick MP (@RobertJenrick) July 25, 2019
Following his appointment to the Cabinet, Jenrick added that he is “excited” to work with MHCLG to “build more homes, level up the regions, and share prosperity and opportunity throughout the UK”.
He then traveled to South London, where he looked at the Kidbrooke Village regeneration, before finishing off his first day at Housing Secretary by meeting Thames Reach.
He said: “I’m determined to continue this government’s work to tackle roughsleeping”.