McVey replaced as housing minister

Tatton MP Esther McVey has been sacked as housing minister – her successor will be the tenth person to have held the post in as many years.

McVey said: “I wish my successor the very best and every success.”

The Liverpool-born former work and pensions secretary returned to parliament when she took George Osborne’s old seat in 2017, having lost her Wirral West seat in 2015.

Her replacement is MP for Tamworth, Christopher Pincher, who has worked as minister for Europe and Amercias and is a former deputy chief whip.

Other business and property-related ministers sacked in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle on Thursday include:

  • Andrea Leadsom as business secretary
  • Theresa Villiers as environment secretary
  • Nusrat Ghani as transport minister
  • Chris Skidmore as education minister
  • George Freeman as transport minister

Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has resigned as part of the reshuffle. It is reported that he was offered to keep his role if he fired his advisers, to which he refused and subsequently resigned. The new chancellor faces a budget in four weeks.

Melanie Leech, chief executive, British Property Federation, said: “It’ll come as a shock to many to lose Sajid Javid as Chancellor of the Exchequer with only four weeks to go to this year’s Budget but Rishi Sunak was already a senior member of the Treasury team and we stand ready to work with him to ensure fiscal policy drives forward much-needed investment across the UK.

“We also welcome Alok Sharma as the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and Christopher Pincher as the new Minister of State for Housing. A new government with a strong mandate is a big opportunity to ensure stability in key roles including housing, something which has been missing in recent years and has got in the way of delivery.”

Paresh Raja, CEO of national bridging loan provider Market Financial Solutions, said: “A new parliament, a new housing minister. One has to think whether this cabinet position holds any real relevance anymore – it has become something of a merry-go-round, with Esther McVey’s successor becoming the tenth person to hold this position in as many years.

“Given the challenges facing the UK property market, the lack of consistent leadership from the Government in this space is extremely frustrating. We will never be in a position to properly address issues like the housing crisis, not to mention the obstacles preventing people from jumping on and moving up the property ladder, until Westminster gives the position of housing minister more respect and consideration.

“One can only hope that with a majority government now in place, this will be the last cabinet reshuffle we see for some time. But I for one believe too many MPs see the position as little more than stepping-stone.”

Félicie Krikler, director at London-based Assael Architecture, said: “There is a total incompatibility between the political cycles and the long-term aspects of housing. Appointing the tenth housing minister in the last 10 years makes a complete mockery of the role. The industry needs stability to make progress on the housing front and bring forward policies that clarify questions over design, quality and delivery methods concerning the homes we build.

“Understanding and addressing the issues troubling the market takes time and effort, and while another minister gets to grips with the role, we have high streets in need of reform and high-quality homes in need of building. I hope whoever steps in to fill McVey’s place will be able to quickly adapt and contribute to the UK’s housing needs.

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I guess she won’t be needing her MIPIM pass. Always a tough spot to fill in the cabinet, an ever increasing demand for housing whilst continuing to fail to deliver against government housing targets combined with various fudging of statistics.

By Anonymous

McVey always gets a bad press but I have seen her interviewed on numerous occasions and she comes across as succinct and effective. Employment minister was always the poisoned chalice role in politics when I was growing up. Now it appears it is Housing.

By Elephant

Made up – what a toxic Tory. She is the most narcissistic person I have ever had the misfortune to meet.

By Spence

Oh poor Esther, an embarrassment to Liverpool.


By Liver lad

10 housing ministers in 10 years under the Conservatives. Only 2 were in post for more than 12 months.

No wonder UK housing is a disgrace.

By MAncLad

If my understanding of our unwritten constitution in respect of the appointment of cabinet ministers is correct, then for Jack Airey to be appointed Housing Minister as a non-MP, he would have to receive a peerage!

By UnaPlanner

10th housing minister in 10 years…. housing crisis anyone?

By LionelRichTea

Good. Riddance. Utter contmept for human beings, a track record that made even the more right wing Tory cringe. Won’t be missed.


Liver Lad, don’t be so ridiculous

By Floyd

I like McVey. She is not scared to speak her mind. Obviously Boris doesn’t like that.

By George Mc

To ‘TO’… know thyself.

By Anonymous

To Liver lad….. Not to me she wasn’t and I am Liverpool

By G Mc

An utterly vacuous individual. Zero substance and almost entirely ineffective. How she ever rose to cabinet level is beyond me. Good riddance.

By Riddance

Google her speech at RESI in 2019. It’s an embarrassment.

By Ney Thank You

Bad move Boris. She is a REAL Tory.

By Bono

Constant change is not good, but nonetheless good riddance she’s out of her depth that one and has long forgotten her roots.

By BDay

I never took to her

By L Kelly

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