Johnson appoints Christopher Pincher as new housing minister

Prime minister Boris Johnson has named Christopher Pincher as his new housing minister, following the sacking of Esther McVey in yesterday's Cabinet reshuffle.

Pincher has served as the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas in the government since 25 July 2019. Prior to this, he was deputy chief government whip and has served as MP for Tamworth since 2010.

Trussle head of strategy Philip Kelvin said: “The revolving door at Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government has always moved quickly but now appears to be on the cusp of spinning out of control, following the departure of McVey.

“McVey was in the role for just seven months, and as a result the UK now has its nineteenth housing minister in just two years – a worrying statistic considering the crucial role this ministry plays. We wish Pincher well as the new housing minister. This is a pivotal role in the government that could really help establish meaningful support for first-time buyers, following the end of the HTB ISA scheme at the end of last year. We really hope to see Pincher bringing much needed innovation to the sector.”

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