Housing minister and MP Kit Malthouse is the 10th person to announce his bid to become Conservative leader following the announcement by Theresa May that she is to resign on June 7th.
Malthouse, who is the government’s eighth housing minister since 2010 and has been in post since July last year, claims that Britain needs ‘new ideas’.
In an article published in The Sun yesterday launching his bid, 52-year-old Malthouse says he is qualified to do the top job after two decades helping lead trade delegations, tackling knife crime and ‘building homes for young people’.
“If the Conservative Party is the only thing that stands still, we will struggle for relevance,” he says. “It’s time for a new generation to lead the charge into our future with boldness and vision.
“As Housing Minister, it’s been my mission to build more high-quality homes as fast as we can, and numbers are looking good but there is much more work to do.”
The MP for North West Hampshire is best known for his recent ‘Malthouse Compromise’ which was one of the few plans to unite Tory Brexiteers and Remainers. If implemented, it would see a renegotiation of the Northern Ireland ‘backstop’ plan and the use of an ‘electronic’ border with the Republic of Ireland.
Malthouse gained praise for his ability to get both sides of the split Conservative party to unite behind the plan, if briefly, although in his Sun editorial he claims the initiative ‘still stands’.
Malthouse is not the only MP competing to be the next Prime Minister with a housing background. Dominic Raab, who has the dubious distinction of being the UK’s shortest-serving housing minister in recent times at just seven months, and Housing Secretary Sajid Javid, are also in the frame.