Government announces new housing minister

Government announces new housing minister

Former barrister becomes latest MP to take up the role

Lucy Frazer, a former Queen’s counsel barrister, and now the MP for South East Cambridgeshire since 2015 has become the fifth housing minister this year.

She replaces Lee Rowley, who was only announced in the role on the 7th of September.

Former roles

Frazer prior to becoming an MP was a commercial law barrister in London.

In the same year she became an MP she was elected to the Education Select Committee. She also served as the parliamentary under-secretary of state for justice between January 2018 and May 2019.

She then went on to be the minister in the Ministry of Justice from July 2019 to March 2021 before finally joining the treasury as financial secretary until September 2022.

She joined the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on October 26th after backing Rishi Sunak to become prime minister.

Housing priorities

Frazer has previously defended the government’s decision to end eviction protections during the coronavirus pandemic after she spoke on BBC’s Question Time in 2021 where she said the government had:

“protected tenants for a long period of time… but it is also important that landlords can take control where it is necessary to do so.”

Frazer has also consistently voted for phasing out secure tenancies for life and has supported plans to charge a market rent to high earners renting council homes.

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