Thursday, 05 March 2015

Confusion reigns over new housing minister

Speculation mounted last night about who will replace Mark Prisk as housing minister as number 10 failed to confirm who will take on the housing brief.

On Twitter, Conservative Home tweeted that Kris Hopkins, Conservative MP for Keighley, is the new housing minister however in the list of ministerial appointments on the government website it said: ‘Kris Hopkins appointed as parliamentary under-secretary at the Communities and Local Government department.’

A spokeswoman for the CLG said this morning that the decision about who is doing what has not been decided yet and ‘to watch this space’.

Nadine Dorries, Conservative MP for Mid Bedfordshire, launched an attack on Twitter about Mr Hopkins saying:  ‘Very sad to see Kris Hopkins promoted. One of parliaments slimiest, nastiest MPs. Really. Awful. Decision.

The tweet has been removed from her page, however the following remains on her Twitter page: ‘Kris Hopkins is frequently publicly unpleasant about colleagues – try this for starters.’ She then added a link to this page titled ‘Tory Twitter Bitch Fight’.

However, Louise Mensch, former Conservative MP for Corby, said via the same medium: ‘Kris Hopkins MP is a great man….Thrilled to see [him] promoted.’

Mark Prisk announced the news of his departure via Twitter yesterday saying he ‘disappointed’ but was making way ‘for a younger generation’.

Jack Dromey was also replaced as shadow housing minister by Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East and former shadow Europe minister.


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  • If they left the role vacant the 'Minister' could not perform any worse that the predecessors.

    Perhaps the true government's attitude to the priority of housing is being indicated - or is it having tried the invisible as better than Shapps they have realised that no-one is actually better than Shapps?

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  • Shapps the man who voluntarily gave up the entire ADP to spending cuts?

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  • How apt it is that Labour housing ministers are 'shadows'.

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  • Eric Blair

    I think the delayed appointment of a housing minister tells us a few things: 1. it's seen as a junior role, 2. housing is no longer the Coalition's priority 'now that we've got Help to Buy, that'll sort things out'.

    It's particularly frightening that people with such a narrow view of what is, after all, a complex set of problems should be running this country. I know very well what would be said during a debate about this. 'You're wrong, it's a very important role and that's why we took our time over it.' I believe ya!

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  • Ive followed the Twitter link in the articel above and seems that Mr Hopkins doesnt look so nasty after all. So if the fragrant Nadine hates somebody within the Tory Party speaking up for overseas aid so much what does that say about her?

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  • Daniel Sweeney

    Hi Brian. Speaking up for overseas aid is prima facie a good thing. However if the overseas aid is 'tied' as I seem to remember was the case re India in the 80's, where it was in effect a loan to buy helicopters from Westland, then its not a good thing. At the risk of sounding like a 'little Englander' (Ironic as I'm from Northern Ireland!) the Govt needs to put our own house in order first, deal with domestic problems and then to be frank, see how much is left in the pot that can be used for worthwhile aid projects, rather than a payoff indirectly going to their mates in either the arms industry of the corporates.

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  • michael barratt

    Would seem that few are up for the poisoned chalice of housing and the bedroom tax etc etc

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  • Melvin Bone

    As long as it is not Hazel Blears...

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  • "One of parliaments slimiest, nastiest MPs. Really. Awful. Decision"?

    Just perfect then for a minister in a department led by Eric Pickles...

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  • Eric Blair

    And the new Housing Minister is... Melvin Bone!

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