Is Parliament’s Slimiest, Nastiest MP Now In Charge of Housing?

The Conservative Party has now demonstrated the complete indifference it has in tackling homelessness by scrapping the role of Housing Minister in the recent reshuffle. Responsibility for this will now go to Kris Hopkins, MP for Keighley, who has been described by Nadine Dorries as ‘one of parliament’s slimiest, nastiest MPs.’ She also called it a ‘Really. Awful. Decision.’ Hopkins, however, is not a minister, merely Parliamentary Under Secretary in Department of Communities and Local Government. Which also tells you what high priority the government give to this post. But why should Cameron worry about housing? He has four homes of his own, and even manage to forget how many he had in 2009.

the void

In an move which will appall all those struggling to find a place to live, Cameron appears to have scrapped the role of Housing Minister in yesterday’s reshuffle.

Whilst there has been no formal announcement yet from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Mark Prisk was sacked from the job yesterday and has not yet been replaced.  This is despite the looming housing crisis with housebuilding at record low levels and every measure of homelessness rising.  Editor of Conservative Home, Paul Goodman, last night claimed that non-entity Kris Hopkins will have responsibility for housing.  Hopkins was promoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary at the DCLG yesterday, but that is a less senior role than the Minister of State he replaced.

In an astonishing turn of events Inside Housing are reporting that one of Hopkin’s colleagues, Nadine Dorries, said on twitter last night: “Very sad to see Kris Hopkins…

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