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Kris Hopkins Appointed As New Housing Minister

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Yorkshire MP Kris Hopkins has replaced Mark Prisk as Housing Minister following this week's Government reshuffle, the Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed.

Hopkins has taken the role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, a more junior role than the full ministerial role held by Prisk and his predecessor Grant Shapps which carries fewer policy making responsibilities.

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Fifty year old communications and cultural studies graduate. Doesn't sound great.

EDIT. Nadine Dorries is not a fan:

Very sad to see Kris Hopkins promoted. One of parliaments slimiest, nastiest MPs. Really. Awful. Decision.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/07/reshuffle-nadine-dorries-kris-hopkins_n_4059655.html

Edited by Quicken

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Fifty year old communications and cultural studies graduate. Doesn't sound great.

List of vested interests anyone? Is he a landlord, or more to the point, how many flats is he letting out?

Kris Hopkins

How Kris Hopkins voted on key issues:

Voted for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. votes

Voted very strongly for encouraging occupational pensions. votes

Voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs. votes

Voted very strongly for equal gay rights. votes

Voted for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. votes

Has never voted on a smoking ban. votes

Voted strongly for more EU integration. votes

Voted very strongly for greater autonomy for schools. votes

Voted very strongly for increasing the rate of VAT. votes

Voted for replacing Trident. votes

Voted very strongly for university tuition fees. votes

Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year.

Register of Members’ Interests

Nil

Like it matters anyway, there is no point pretending there is.

Edited by Gone to Ireland.

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Mark Prisk:

8. Land and Property

Part share in a commercial property in Cornwall, from which rental income is derived. (Registered 2 March 2012)

11. Miscellaneous

Non-practising chartered surveyor.

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Mark Prisk:

8. Land and Property

Part share in a commercial property in Cornwall, from which rental income is derived. (Registered 2 March 2012)

11. Miscellaneous

Non-practising chartered surveyor.

The chartered surveyors I've spoken to seem to think property prices should only ever go up. Maybe he's different. Unsure.

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Like it matters anyway, there is no point pretending there is.

+1

But anyway....

About Kris Hopkins

Kris was born in 1963 and lives in Oakworth, Keighley.

A former member of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, Kris served in Kenya, Northern Ireland and Germany.

On leaving the Army, he completed a degree in communications and cultural studies at Leeds University before going on to lecture in media theory, communications and digital media.

In 1998, Kris was elected to serve his local ward of Worth Valley on Bradford Council.

He became portfolio holder for social services and council housing, before taking on the corporate portfolio.

His achievements over this period included overseeing the delivery of housing stock transfer in Bradford and the building of five new children's homes, as well as a commissioning process for the Council's community development provision.

Kris was chosen as Deputy Leader of Bradford Council in 2004 and, two years later, was elected Leader of the Council and Leader of the Conservative Group.

He now combines these roles with the Chairmanships of the Bradford Local Strategic Partnership and the Yorkshire and Humber Housing and Regeneration Board.

He also serves as a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Leaders' Board, Local Government Yorkshire and Humber Executive, the Association of West Yorkshire Authorities and the Local Government International Bureau's International Development Consultative Group.

In his spare time, Kris is a feverishly active walker and runner and an able photographer with published shots amongst his credits

http://www.krishopkins.co.uk/about_kris_hopkins.htm

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