Chris Pincher arrives from the Foreign Office where he survived a inappropriate behaviour scandal three years ago after allegations appeared in a national newspaper.
A new housing minister has been revealed following Boris Johnson’s brutal cabinet reshuffle yesterday.
The new minister is Chris Pincher, MP for Tamworth in the West Midlands who replaces Esther McVey. Unlike McVey, it is understood that Pincher will not be attending cabinet.
He is an unlikely candidate for the job having enjoyed a ministerial and political career almost exclusively at the Foreign Office, until now, and who has no political experience of the housing market and its issues.
Pincher has also been embroiled in controversy. Three years ago he voluntarily resigned the Tory whip following national newspaper allegations about his behaviour after making inappropriate comments to a former Olympic rower.
He apologised for causing any offence and was later cleared of breaking any Conservative party conduct rules.
Pincher said last night on Twitter that he is delighted to be appointed as the new housing minister for England, but that he was sad to be leaving the Foreign Office.
“This Government will deliver on our commitment to build the housing that people need. Looking forward to getting stuck in alongside
@RobertJenrick,” he tweeted.Pincher has plenty to get stuck into within the private rental sector, primarily helping steer through the government’s ‘new deal for renting’. This includes guiding legislation through parliament that will see greater regulation for landlords in England, implementing radical reform of the evictions process and the setting up of a housing court.