Esther McVey sacked as housing minister after six months

13 February 2020 | By Neil Gerrard

Esther McVey

Esther McVey has been sacked as minister of state for housing after just over six months in the job, as part of prime minister Boris Johnson’s post-election ministerial reshuffle.

Former GMTV presenter McVey was appointed in July in Johnson’s last reshuffle to replace Kit Malthouse.

But she confirmed her sacking in a tweet today saying: “I’m very sorry to be relieved of my duties as housing minister. I wish my successor the very best and every success. I’m very grateful to the prime minister for having given me the opportunity to serve in his government and he will continue to have my support from the back benches."

In October last year, McVey announced plans for a new ‘centre of excellence’ for modern methods of construction (MMC) in the north of England to boost construction of new homes, saying that she wanted to see a “housing green revolution”.

McVey’s successor – who will be the tenth housing minister since 2010 - has not yet been announced.


Ten housing ministers in ten years? Can anyone remember a single useful housing initiative delivered by any of them? Indeed can anyone remember any of them? This is a governing party incapable taking one of our national crises seriously.

Peter Wilson, 13 February 2020

My sentiments exactly. The revolving door scenario at what cost

Sheila, 14 February 2020

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