Cameron Axes Eric Pickles From Cabinet Role

Eric Pickles has been axed from his role as Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and has been replaced with Greg Clark MP. 

The news comes amid reports that Pickles (pictured above) will not take up a new Cabinet role, but instead will become Anti-Corruption Tsar and join the Holocaust Commission.

The new Secretary of State, Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2008, having previously been Shadow Minister for Charities, Social Enterprises and Volunteering.

Greg Clark MP
Greg Clark MP

In May 2010, he was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government and in July 2011 he was appointed Minister for Cities. In September 2012, he was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury before becoming Minister of State in the Cabinet Office in October 2013 and, latterly, Minister for Universities, Science & Cities in July 2014.

During the course of his term at the DCLG, Eric Pickles has vehemently promoted weekly waste collections over fortnightly, often to the dismay of environmental groups that say fortnightly collections produce more recycling.

Among his efforts to “bring back” the weekly waste collection, he implemented funding from the DCLG that councils could use to upgrade their waste services – including a return to weekly collections.

More recently Pickles and his former team at the DCLG published the so-called “Bin Bible”, which was aimed at destroying “the lazy left-wing myth that fortnightly bin collections are needed to save money or increase recycling”.

In August last year Pickles issued guidance for councils to tackle “the daily obstacle course” of wheelie bins and recycling boxes” in streets.

Last month he published a new report into how councils can achieve potential savings through clearer specification and procuring in larger volumes with other councils.

In other reshuffle news the role of Environment Secretary will continue to be held by Liz Truss, despite reports in the Telegraph this morning that she was set to be given a more prominent role.


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