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Government appoints new housing minister


The Government has appointed Alok Sharma as the new housing minister, replacing Gavin Barwell.

Sharma was previously minister for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Barwell lost his seat to Labour in the general election last week.

Barwell previously held the Croydon Central seat, which was won by Labour candidate Sarah Jones.

He held the role of housing minister since Theresa May became Prime Minister last summer.



New housing minister imminent as Gavin Barwell loses seat

Conservative housing minister Gavin Barwell has lost his seat to Labour. Barwell previously held the Croydon Central seat, which was won by Labour candidate Sarah Jones. He was elected as an MP in May 2010 with a majority of just 165. He was beaten last night by 6,652 votes. Barwell held the role of housing […]


Housing minister accused of ‘headline grabbing’ with comments on disinheriting

The housing minister’s comments suggesting that parents should disinherit their offspring and leave their assets to their grandchildren has been branded “political headline grabbing” and a diversion from the heart of the housing crisis: supply. According to the Telegraph, Gavin Barwell told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference that pensioners should consider leaving […]


Housing minister calls for more investment in PRS

The necessary volume of housing will “never be achieved” in the UK without significant investment in the private rented sector, according to the housing and planning minister. Minister of State Gavin Barwell, appointed to the housing role by Theresa May in July, says there should be a focus on building homes “of every single type” […]

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