Lee Rowley

Lee Rowley steps in as new Housing Minister in reshuffle, 16th minister to hold role since 2010

Lee Rowley has been appointed as the new Housing Minister, replacing Rachel Maclean who was sacked from the role earlier today.

Rowley, who has been serving as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities since September 2022, now takes on a pivotal role in the Government’s housing agenda.

He becomes the 16th minister to hold the post since 2010 and takes up the role on the eve of the Renters (Reform) Bill being introduced to committee.

Prior to this appointment, Rowley held the position of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as the role of Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, from September 2021 to July 2022.

He was first elected as the Conservative MP for North East Derbyshire on 8th June 2017.

The reshuffle has also seen the return of former Prime Minister David Cameron as Foreign Secretary and the appointment of James Cleverly as the new Home Secretary, replacing the sacked Suella Braverman.