In a significant shift within the UK government, Lee Rowley has been named the new housing minister, succeeding Rachel Maclean who was recently removed from the position. Rowley, who has been the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities since September 2022, now assumes a crucial role in steering the government’s housing policies.
Rowley’s appointment comes at a pivotal time, as he takes charge on the brink of the introduction of the Renters (Reform) Bill to the committee. This legislation is a key component of the government’s housing strategy, and Rowley’s role will be instrumental in its progression.
Previously, Rowley served as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He also held the position of Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, from September 2021 to July 2022, showcasing his experience in various governmental roles.
Elected as the Conservative MP for North East Derbyshire on June 8, 2017, Rowley brings his parliamentary experience to the forefront in his new role as housing minister. His appointment marks yet another change in the position, highlighting the government’s ongoing efforts to address housing issues in the UK. Rowley’s tenure will be closely watched as he navigates the complexities of the housing sector amidst ongoing challenges and legislative developments.