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Another new housing minister appointed ahead of plans to cut stamp duty

The rapid turnover in housing ministers has continued this week with Lee Rowley, MP for North East Derbyshire, replacing Marcus Jones who lasted just 62 days in the role.

Rowley, 42, is the 13th Tory housing minister in the past 12 years. He became an MP in 2014, having previously served for eight years as a councillor at Westminster City Council.

He spent 16 months as deputy chair of the Conservative Party before being made a junior minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and a government whip last year.

Rowley resigned his ministerial position in July along with a number of other Tory MPs in the rebellion against Boris Johnson, forcing the now former prime minister to resign.

He will report to new housing secretary Simon Clarke who was appointed earlier this month as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, as part of Liz Truss’s new cabinet.

Truss is expected to announce major plans to cut stamp duty in the government’s mini budget this week in an attempt to stimulate activity in the housing market and boost economic growth.

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