After nearly a month of speculation, Jackie Doyle-Price has been named the new minister responsible for construction. Doyle-Price, along with several other MPs, was appointed as a minister of state in the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy on September 7, shortly after Liz Truss took office at 10 Downing Street.
However, the ministers’ responsibilities, which report to business secretary Jacob Rees Mogg, were not immediately announced, leaving a question mark over who would represent the construction sector in government. A recent update to the department’s website confirmed Doyle-appointment Price as Minister for Industry, with responsibility for construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, and other vital areas.
Doyle Price was elected as the MP for Thurrock in May 2010. She previously worked as an assistant government whip and parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Health and Social Care, where she co-chaired the Women’s Mental Health Taskforce as minister for mental health and suicide prevention.
In the three years preceding Rowley’s appointment, there were five construction ministers: Anne-Marie Trevelyan, current chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, former chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, former Tory part chair Andrew Stephenson, and Richard Harrington.
She resigned from the government after Boris Johnson was elected Conservative Party leader in the summer of 2019.