09 Feb 2022

Stuart Andrew has replaced Christopher Pincher as housing minister, making the West Yorkshire Conservative MP the 11th person to hold the role since 2010.

Prior to his new role Stuart Andrew, was Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip) from February 2020. He has also been a government whip and a junior minister at the Ministry of Defence.

The voting record of Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough since 2010, suggests he has been a supporter of greater use of permitted development rights.

According to the tracking site They Work for You, Andrew voted against giving local councils the power to remove householders’ permitted development rights. Which could be good news for landlords and developers if the “Department” doesn’t nobble him.

He also voted against making the demolition or change of use of pubs or other drinking establishments subject to planning permission. Again could give us hope “if”

Stuart Andrew is what could be termed as an accidental landlord with a house in Leeds let for over £10,000 a year recorded in the MPs’ register of interests.

in 2016 he rebelled with 71 other Tory MPs voting against an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill requiring private landlords to make their homes ‘fit for human habitation’.

His constituency website declares saving green spaces as a priority and campaigned against a 70,000 property local development stating: “I will continue to work with local residents and community groups to save green spaces that are under threat of development thanks to Leeds Labour Council. We need to preserve these sites for future generations to enjoy.”

He also starts his new role as the finishing touches need to be applied to the much delayed Renters Reform White Paper

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