Saturday, 02 July 2016

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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