Ian Pearson moves to the Treasury to become economic minister

Gordon Brown has moved construction minister Ian Pearson to the Treasury, which means the role will change hands for the ninth time in eight years.

The government confirmed this morning that Ian Pearson is to become economic secretary to the Treasury, after less than nine months in the post as construction minister.

Pearson was appointed to the post in October last year when former construction minister Shriti Vadera was promoted to the Cabinet Office.