Senior pensions and Treasury roles have changed hands in Theresa May’s Cabinet following a reshuffle in the wake of last week’s election.
Lidington’s move sees him replace Liz Truss, who has faced criticism in the justice role and has been moved by May to Gauke’s former post as treasury chief secretary.
Mr Gauke who had held the role since July previous year has been appointed as secretary of state for work and pensions, taking over from Damian Green who was made first secretary of state yesterday.
Phillip Hammond has survived as chancellor.
Gauke, the MP for South West Hertfordshire, had been at the Treasury since 2010 in various roles.
Last month, Construction News reported that plans to publish a list of PF2 projects as promised in November’s spending review had been scrapped until after the election.
Former Lord Chancellor Truss, also a non-lawyer, gathered criticism from lawyers generally for a number of decisions, in particular due to her failure to defend the judiciary after the Daily Mail published a headline entitled “enemies of the people” during European Union campaigner Gina Miller’s legal challenge to the government’s decision to trigger of Article 50.
The construction industry is also waiting to see who will be named as new housing minister after the incumbent Gavin Barwell lost his Croydon Central seat.
Elsewhere in the reshuffle, Greg Clark has been reappointed as business secretary, Liam Fox has been reappointed as Secretary of State for International Trade and Damian Green is the first secretary of state, in effect, deputy prime minister.