Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Kit Malthouse named new housing minister as ‘circus’ continues

Kit Malthouse has been named as the government’s latest housing minister after Dominic Raab was appointed Brexit secretary following David Davis’ resgination.

Mr Raab’s replacement becomes the eighth new housing minister since 2010.

The MP for Esher and Walton had lasted just seven months in the role, having replaced Alok Sharma in January.

Mr Sharma also spent seven months in the role, having taken the post following Gavin Barwell’s unseating at the June 2017 general election.

Mr Raab has been replaced by Kit Malthouse, the MP for north-west Hampshire who was previous minister for family support, housing and child maintenance.

Before his 2015 parliamentary election, Mr Malthouse served on Westminster City Council for eight years.

He joined the London Assembly in 2008 and held a number roles including deputy mayor for policing and deputy mayor for business and enterprise, before being elected to parliament in 2015.   

British Property Federation chief executive Melanie Leech said she hoped Mr Malthouse’s council experience made him suited for the role.

“We hope his previous experience at City Hall and Westminster City Council means he can hit the ground running, and we look forward to working with him to undo the damage caused by the acute undersupply of new housing over the past few decades,” she said.

Johnny Caddick, managing director at build-to-rent developer Moda, branded the departure of Mr Raab a “circus”.

“This extraordinary circus of housing ministers continues,” he said.

“The government needs to prove that it’s not focusing on Brexit at the expense of everything else. It’s vital we have continuity in the role and a reality check about the vital role build-to-rent needs to play.

“We need a new minister to continue the great work Gavin Barwell did in supporting investment and in ensuring we have the necessary skilled workforce to build all the homes politicians keep promising voters.”

Mr Raab suggested offsite construction could help reduce the industry’s “over-reliance on cheap unskilled labour from abroad” at the Housing 2018 Conference in June.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.