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Brandon Lewis becomes housing and planning minister

Brandon Lewis has been appointed housing and planning minister after a major cabinet reshuffle by the prime minister yesterday.

Mr Lewis was previously parliamentary under-secretary of state for the department for communities and local government.

Before entering politics, Mr Lewis was a qualified barrister and a company director.

DCLG was not able to confirm what position former housing minister Kris Hopkins, who had been in the role for 10 months, would fill.

This will be the fourth housing minister in three years. Mr Hopkins, Mark Prisk and Grant Shapps have all previously held the post.

Mr Lewis will also take over from former planning minister Nick Boles who has been promoted to minister of state jointly for business and education.

Communities and local government secretary, Eric Pickles, will remain in post.

Brandon Lewis’ voting record

  • Voted moderately for more EU integration
  • Voted very strongly for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
  • Voted strongly for reducing the rate of corporation tax
  • Voted very strongly for reducing central government funding of local government
  • Voted a mixture of for and against financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods

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