Esther McVey appointed as minister of state for housing
Esther McVey has been appointed as the new minister of state for housing, as part of prime minister Boris Johnson’s ministerial reshuffle.
Former GMTV presenter McVey, who replaces Kit Malthouse, will support new housing secretary Robert Jenrick at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) on issues including housing supply policy and building safety and regulations.
She was previously minister of state for work and pensions from January to November 2018.
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) welcomed McVey’s appointment, as well as that of Jenrick. In a statement, it said: “The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) looks forward to working with the new minister for housing to make sure the construction industry’s priorities are given the attention required, including a drive to improve building quality and fully implement the recommendations from the Hackitt review, along with measures to eradicate modern slavery from the industry and improve mental health support for those in construction.”
Jake Berry MP has also been appointed as minister for housing communities and local government. In his previous role as northern powerhouse minister, he worked closely with organisations including the CIOB as part of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.