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New housing minister is former pensions under secretary Kit Malthouse

New minister, like so many others, appears to have little or no experience of the housing market or property industry.

Nigel Lewis

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A new housing minister has been announced just hours after Dominic Raab left the post and his name is Kit Malthouse, Tory MP for North West Hampshire.

Malthouse was until today Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions. One of his key responsibilities has been to oversee the implementation of Universal Credit.

The 51 year-old-has former accountant has limited experience of property or the housing market. His previous political jobs have included being a councillor in Westminster during the late noughties, rising to be deputy leader of the council.

During his time there he became famous for agreeing its deal to extract £12.3 million from its former leader Shirley Porter.

He was then elected onto the London Assembly until 2012, during which he became Deputy Mayor of London for policing under Boris Johnson, and then Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise until 2015.

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Malthouse was then selected to be MP for the safe seat of North West Hampshire, which he won by nearly 24,000 votes in the 2015 election.

Despite working for former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, Malthouse is from the centre of the Conservative Party and has been a steadying hand at the Department of Work and Pensions, and is well known for his campaign to stop violence against women well before the #metoo campaign kicked off.

July 9, 2018

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