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.