Prime Minister announces new housing minister

London House

Former Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mark Francois has replaced Brandon Lewis as housing minister.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest front bench reshuffle sees a new top team in place at the Department for Communities and Local Government with Greg Clark replacing Eric Pickles as Communities Secretary.

Clark held the brief as minister for cities early on in the coalition government before becoming financial secretary to the Treasury and then cabinet office minister in October 2013 and then minister for universities, science & cities last year.

Francois, the Conservative MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, is expected to take over the housing and planning role.

Since entering parliament in 2001, he has served as opposition whip and shadow minister for Europe, moving to the armed forces role after David Cameron became prime minister.

Since 2010, there have been five Conservative housing ministers: Grant Shapps, Mark Prisk, Kris Hopkins, Brandon Lewis and now Mark Francois.

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