Housing minister, Esther McVey has been sacked from her role as housing minister in today’s (13 February) cabinet reshuffle, after less than seven months in the job.
McVey released a statement on Twitter, which said: “I’m very sorry to be relieved of my duties as Housing Minister. I wish my successor the very best and every success.
“I’m very grateful to the prime minister for having given me the opportunity to serve in his government and he will continue to have my support from the back benches.”
No announcement has yet been made as to who will succeed her.
McVey was the 17th housing minister since Tony Blair became prime minister in 1997 and the 10th in the past decade.
Commenting on the reshuffle, founder and CEO of Stone Real Estate, Michael Stone, said: “The position of housing minister is fast becoming the government’s poisoned chalice, with those taking on the role doomed to fail from the very get-go.
“Until we elevate the role to the position of power that it requires, we will continue to see each candidate fall on their own sword having failed to address the deep-rooted issues embedded within the UK housing crisis in the short time they are allowed to do so.”
He added: “Only time will tell if yet another housing minister holds the key but one area of focus must be the continued delivery of new housing for all levels of homebuyer. Failing to maintain the positive momentum we’ve seen of late will see demand continue to exceed supply and push house prices higher and homeownership out of reach for many.”