MICHAEL Gove gave his new ministry a makeover yesterday — and beefed up his own role at the heart of government.
In a bid to prove he is still a key ministerial player, he gave himself the grand title of Secretary of State for Levelling Up.
He has also taken on the extra role of Minister for Inter-governmental Relations, to work with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland administrations.
His new duties include leading the drive to end the North-South divide by investing in left-behind regions.
He has renamed his ministry the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Some colleagues accused him of empire-building — but Mr Gove insisted his role was vital to the Government’s success.
He said: “I’m thrilled that the PM has asked me to lead the Levelling Up agenda, the defining mission of this Government.
“We have a unique opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.”