Tory Party chairman wins place in cabinet with responsibility for housing and regeneration

Conservative Party chairman Eric Pickles is to be communities and local government secretary.

The MP for Brentwood and Ongar has been part of the tight circle around David Cameron that ran the election campaign.

The cabinet role, which covers policy on local government, housing, urban regeneration, planning and fire and rescue, had previously been undertaken by Labour's John Denham.

And in another announcement today it was revealed that Jeremy Hunt is to be culture, Olympics, media and sport secretary. TheOlympics had not been the responsibility of his predecessor Ben Bradshaw, as it fell under the remit of a separate minister.