Who is Christopher Pincher – the new Housing Minister – the UK’s 10th in the past decade?
Born in Walsall, he became MP for the West Midlands constituency of Tamworth in 2010, having first joined the Conservative Party in 1987.
The 50-year-old MP brings with him a variety of experience. After studying history at the London School of Economics, he spent the first 18 years of his career working for an IT consultancy firm – including spells in Saudi Arabia and France.
Under Ms May he was an assistant whip at the Treasury and then made comptroller of the household, taking on whipping duties in the House of Commons. He was then made deputy chief whip in January 2018.
Brexit-backing Mr Pincher was promoted in July 2019 to the Foreign Office as minister for Europe and the Americas.
Looking at Mr Pincher’s voting record relating to housing, he voted for the bedroom tax and phasing out secure tenancies. He also consistently voted to “require those on high incomes living in social housing to pay market rents”.
His records also show he voted for a reduction in spending on welfare and for selling England’s state-owned forests.