Lee Rowley has become the latest junior housing minister after replacing Eddie Hughes in the role, who stepped down following Liz Truss’s appointment as Prime Minister last week.
The MP for North East Derbyshire is the latest in a long string of junior ministers appointed in the past few years, similarly to his boss, Simon Clarke, secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities, who replaced Greg Clarke.
Rowley resigned from Boris Johnson’s government in June, citing the latter’s handling of the sexual misconduct of ex-chief whip Christopher Pincher.
Before resigning he was junior minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and a lord commissioner of the Treasury (government whip).
He has previously spoken out against the housing planning system, saying it doesn’t work for developers, planners or applicants.
Rowley helped to establish the right leaning think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs, which promotes liberal economic and social policies.
He voted Leave in the 2016 Brexit referendum but didn’t actively campaign for it.
He has been a Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire since 2017, while he has acted as a lead sponsor for a bid to reopen the alternative railway line between Sheffield and Chesterfield.
Prior to becoming a MP he was a Westminster councillor for Maida Vale in London.
Rowley’s predecessor Eddie Hughes angered landlord groups by advocating for the scrapping of Section 21 evictions in the Renters Reform Bill and accompanying white paper.
As his successor Rowley will be tasked with carrying out the controversial bill.