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New housing minister named in government mini-reshuffle

A new housing minister has been named this afternoon, to replace Chris Pincher.

Stuart Andrew has been confirmed by Downing Street as a new housing minister at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

He’s been MP for the Pudsey constituency in West Yorkshire since 2010 and until this afternoon was deputy chief whip. He has also previously held parliamentary under-secretary roles in the Welsh Office and the Ministry of Defence. 


Prior to entering the Commons, Andrew led the fundraising team for Martin House Hospice.

Pincher, a Boris Johnson loyalist, had been tipped to become chief whip in today's small scale reshuffle, but this turned out to be untrue. 

Pincher became housing minister almost exactly two years ago. He was the 19th holder of that post in 21 years - his predecessor, Esther McVey, held the post for just seven months.



Pincher’s departure comes just as the long awaited Renters Reform White Paper nears completion; however in recent months the other housing minister, Eddie Hughes, has been the lead on that major policy issue.

  • Algarve  Investor

    Not another one, as Brenda from Bristol might say. The merry-go-round continues. If Pincher is moved, as has been speculated, that might not be the worst thing given he's spent most of the last few months trying to save Boris from getting the boot. Concentrating more on Operation Save Big Dog than his actual brief.

    As housing minister, he has, too, been utterly forgettable. I can only think of a handful of times when he's actually said or done anything of note, so I'm not sure he'll be missed. He lasted longer than most, but we'll no doubt be back here in a few months time with another new Housing Minister if Operation Save Big Dog fails - as looks increasingly likely.

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    I wish we could take all housing reform away from all politicians and give it to the grownups.

  • Andrew Ireland

    For all the urgent concern we hear about housing, it’s never translated into action. The post appears to be a token for arse lickers

  • Kristjan Byfield

    So number 20 maybe? Pincher's quality is an understanding of tech and the role it can & should play in the future of housing legislation & strategy. Some may be glad to see that Stuart Andrew is, in fact, a Landlord- although the likes of GenRent & Acorn will already be sharpening their teeth as he voted down the 'homes fit for human habitation' bill (unsuccessfully).
    Fundamentally, however, no track record within housing or property- meaning another leader that brings no experience or insight to the role.

    Algarve  Investor

    And he'll be gone at the first sign of a promotion. Housing minister should be seen as one of the most key junior positions, not a mere stepping stone for ambitious MPs.

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    "Department for levelling up" your having a laugh. More jobs for the boys.


    Im being a bit dim here but what is all this leveling up nonsense?


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