Nick Boles switched party allegiance after Truss mini-Budget

The new Labour government has reportedly approached a former Conservative minister to help shape its proposals to change the UK鈥檚 planning system.

According to the Guardian, Nick Boles could be involved in Labour鈥檚 review of the National Planning Policy Framework as a 鈥減lanning tsar鈥.


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Keir Starmer鈥檚 team for government began to emerge over the weekend

This morning, Rachel Reeves announced the government plans to reform the NPPF, with a consultation set to take place by the end of the month.

Boles, who was a planning minister in David Cameron鈥檚 coalition government and later minister for skills, switched his allegiance from the Conservative Party to Labour in late 2022, shortly after Liz Truss鈥 disastrous mini-Budget.

Rumours of his appointment to government come as Keir Starmer鈥檚 new cabinet begin to put together their departmental teams.

In the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Angela Rayner has already announced the appointment of Matthew Pennycook as housing minister.

Meanwhile, ex-home secretary Jacqui Smith has been picked as a minister of state in Bridget Phillipson鈥檚 Department for Education.

Smith, who is not a sitting MP, will be made a member of the House of Lords as part of her appointment.

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According to reports, she is set to take on the brief of post-18 education and skills, an area of major interest to the built environment.

Sarah Jones MP has been appointed as a minister of state in the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and in the Department for Business and Trade.

She is widely expected to continue handling her shadow brief, which related to decarbonisation.