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Malthouse becomes housing minister after Raab is promoted

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Housing minister Dominic Raab has been appointed secretary of state for exiting the European Union.

Mr Raab, who was appointed housing minister in January, replaces David Davis following his resignation yesterday. 

Replacing Mr Raab is Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire, who becomes the 17th holder of the position in the past 20 years.

Mr Malthouse most recently served as parliamentary under secretary of state for family support, housing and child maintenance at the Department for Work & Pensions since a cabinet reshuffle in January.

First elected as MP in 2015, Mr Malthouse previously served at the Greater London Authority under Boris Johnson, first as deputy mayor for policing (2008–12) and latterly as deputy mayor for business and enterprise (2012–15).

In the period before the GLA, Mr Malthouse also served as a councillor and Deputy Leader at Westminster City Council.

Philip Atkins (Con), County Councils Network spokesman for planning, housing, and infrastructure said he welcomed Mr Malthouse into his new role, adding that it was “crucial that the government grasps the opportunity for reform” on housing.

Outgoing Brexit secretary David Davis said on Monday morning that he had resigned his role because he felt the UK was “giving away too much and too easily” in its negotiations with the EU.

Mr Davis said in his resignation letter to the prime minister Theresa My that he could not support the government’s policies for leaving the EU, as the “inevitable consequence” would be to “make the supposed control by parliament illusory rather than real”.

Ms May said she was “sorry” that Mr Davis had chosen to resign only eight months before Brexit, adding that the cabinet had agreed a “comprehensive and detailed proposal” during a meeting at Chequers on Friday.

Steve Baker, a junior minister at the Department for Exiting the European Union, also resigned on Monday.

Mr Baker told the BBC that his department had been “blindsided” by the prime minister’s Brexit plan, which will “not allow us to have proper control over what goes on in the United Kingdom”.

 

 

 

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