The former deputy leader of Westminster City Council, Kit Malthouse, has been appointed as the new housing minister. Mr Malthouse has joined the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from the Department for Work and Pensions, after the previous minister, Dominic Raab was appointed as Brexit Secretary yesterday. Mr Raab had been Housing Minister since January and now replaces David Davis who resigned from the Government on Sunday night due to Brexit disagreements. The new Housing Minister was a councillor on Westminster City Council from 1998 to 2006, when he stood down from the London borough. In 2008, he was elected to the London Assembly and in 2012 was appointed by the-then London Mayor, Boris Johnson, to be Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise. Mr Malthouse’s appointment was welcomed by the County Councils Network The local government group’s spokesman for planning, housing, and infrastructure, Cllr Philip Atkins, said: ‘It’s … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart