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Brandon Lewis becomes housing and planning minister

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Brandon Lewis has been appointed joint housing and planning minister following a major cabinet reshuffle by the prime minister yesterday

Previously the parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Lewis replaces former housing minister Kris Hopkins and ex-planning minister Nick Boles, who has been promoted to minister of state jointly for business and education.

Before entering politics, Lewis was a qualified barrister and a company director.

Lewis becomes the fourth housing minister in three years. Hopkins, Mark Prisk and Grant Shapps have all previously held the post.

Communities and local government secretary, Eric Pickles, will remain in post.

Brandon Lewis’ voting record

  • Voted moderately for more EU integration
  • Voted very strongly for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
  • Voted strongly for reducing the rate of corporation tax
  • Voted very strongly for reducing central government funding of local government
  • Voted a mixture of for and against financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods
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