11:11 AM, 8th February 2023, About A year ago 6
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s cabinet reshuffle this week has seen the housing minister Lucy Frazer being promoted to culture secretary after just 104 days in the role – but she still managed to rack up one of the longest stints in the job.
She has been replaced in the housing hot seat at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities by little-known Rachel Maclean.
The new minister tweeted: “Delighted to be appointed as Minister in @luhc. Looking forward to a new challenge, tackling one of the defining issues the government faces. I start now!”
Ms Maclean is the sixth housing minister in 12 months, and the 14th over the last 10 years in the post.
There have now been 17 housing ministers since the Conservative Party took power in 2010.
The promotion of Ms Frazer has been described by the British Property Federation as ‘hugely frustrating’.
And one comedian quipped that someone has more chance of becoming the government’s housing minister than they have of buying a home.
Ms Frazer replaced Lee Rowley last October and he’d only been in charge since 7 September – to notch up 48 days.
Before him, Marcus Jones lasted 63 days as the housing minister after taking on the job from Stuart Andrew who held a brief from February 2022.
Before Mr Andrew, Chris Pincher held the post for an incredible two-year stint.
Melanie Leech, the chief executive of the British Property Federation, said that the minister’s departure creates a barrier when it comes to progressing promised reforms, such as the Fairer Private Rented Sector which was first discussed in 2019.
The new housing minister was elected a Conservative MP for Redditch in 2017 and was previously Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice between 7 September and 28 October 2022.
Before that role, Ms Maclean was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office between 17 September 2021 and 6 July 2022, and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport between 14 February 2020 and 16 September 2021.
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