Esther McVey has been sacked as housing minister following a government reshuffle, having only been appointed in July 2019.
McVey will be replaced with Christopher Pincher, who will become the 19th housing minister since 1997 and the tenth in the past decade.
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick, who was appointed at the same time as McVey, remains in his position.
McVey said in a statement following her dismissal: “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.”
McVey, the MP for Tatton, was appointed to the position soon after Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in 2019.
During her time in the role, McVey had pledged her support for the Right to Build Scheme, and said that she would “bring about a digital revolution in the property sector”, helping small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) homebuilders to find build sites.
McVey also championed the UK becoming a “world leader” in the expanding modular homes market.
At last year’s Conservative Party conference she attracted controversy when she spoke about building a whole new generation of homes using “3D architects”.
Esther McVey is Out, Pincher is In
Pincher, the MP for Tamworth, moves across from his current role as minister of state for Europe and the Americas. He has been an MP since 2010.
This Government will deliver on our commitment to build the housing that people need. Looking forward to getting stuck in alongside @RobertJenrick
— Christopher Pincher (@ChrisPincher) February 13, 2020
Responding to Pincher’s appointment, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) president Alan Jones said: “As the 10th housing minister in 10 years, Pincher must get to work urgently to ensure the delivery of high-quality, safe and sustainable homes that create and support community cohesion.
“Strong leadership is essential to meet the government’s ambitious housing targets and radically reduce the carbon emissions of the built environment to reach net zero by 2050.”