New Housing Minister announced

first_imgHome » News » New Housing Minister announced previous nextRegulation & LawNew Housing Minister announcedGavin Barwell, MP for Croydon Central takes on a dual role with the additional job of Minister for London.The Negotiator16th July 20160624 Views Gavin Barwell MP, is the new Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London.He joins the team at Department for Communities and Local Government, who are being led by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State.Gavin (left) is MP for Croydon Central and he takes over from Brandon Lewis, who has moved to the position of Minister of State for Policing and Fire Service.When his appointment was announced on Sunday (no rest for the new Government!) he said, “Yesterday afternoon, I took a call from the Prime Minister (I was half way up a tree at the time midway through sawing off a branch and Croydon Central came pretty close to having a by-election…). I am hugely honoured that the Prime Minister asked me to serve in her Government as Minister of State for Housing & Planning and Minister for London.“Every MP will tell you that housing is one of the most common issues they deal with in their surgeries. Too many people are having to live in overcrowded or even unsafe conditions. Too many people don’t have a permanent place to call home. Too many people are having to pay too much of their monthly earnings on their housing costs. And – as the Prime Minister said in her moving speech outside Downing Street on Wednesday night – too many people who want the independence of owning their own home currently can’t afford to do so.“I look forward to working with councils, housing associations, developers, investors and local communities to make sure we build we need with the mix of tenures that people want and that those homes should be great places to live.”Gavin has been MP for Croydon Central since 2010 when he won the seat with a 2969 majority. In 2015 he increased that majority by 3096 votes. He is married and has three young sons. He is also, according to his Twitter page, a “Sports and Tolkien nut.”In June 2016 he was threatened by a man at his Croydon surgery, who was said to be furious, making ‘very wild’ allegations about local police and Polish politics. Brandishing a knife, he threatened to attack – and kill – Mr Barwell. The police were called and the man was detained under the Mental Health Act.new Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP Minister of State for Housing Planning and Minister for London July 16, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more