Dominic Raab has been appointed as the new housing minister, the fifteenth politician to hold this role in 17 years.
Raab replaces Alok Sharma – who had only been in the post a little more than six months. He was appointed as housing minister in June 2016, replacing Gavin Barwell.
This move is part of Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle. The Prime Minister has said that fixing the broken housing market is one of the key priorities of her government.
Yesterday Theresa May officially added ‘housing’ to the job title of communities secretary Sajid Javid, making the issue a cabinet position for the first time.
But industry bodies have previously been highly critical of this “merry-go-round” of housing ministers, arguing that it does not promote a culture of long-term planning.
The Intermediary Mortgage Lending Association pointed out that the turnover of housing ministers far outstrips the rate at which the average Briton moves house.
Raab will work under Sajid Javid, the secretary of state for the newly-named Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Communities.
Raab was previously a Justice Minister, having been appointed to this role in June 2017. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton in May 2010. He has previously worked as a lawyer and at the Foreign and Commonwealth office.
Sharma has now been moved to become the minister of state for employment.