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Hopkins 'grateful to prime minister' after losing housing job

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Housing, Local Government

Hopkins 'grateful to prime minister' after losing housing job Hopkins 'grateful to prime minister' after losing housing job

Kris Hopkins says he is "honoured that the prime minister has shown continued faith in him" after being removed as housing minister less than a year into the role.

Hopkins was moved sideways within DCLG from housing to local government in David Cameron's reshuffle to make way for newly promoted Brandon Lewis, in what appears to be a more senior housing brief that also includes planning.

In his role as Minister for Local Government, the former Bradford Council leader will also have responsibility for adult social care, community pubs, and planning policy relating to wind farms and solar energy.

Hopkins said: "I am honoured that the prime minister has shown continued faith in me by appointing me to the new role.

"Having been a local councillor representing my home ward of Worth Valley for 12 years prior to being elected to parliament, it is particularly exciting to be made Minister for Local Government, a policy area that I retain a deep affection for.

"So too adult social care, as we work as a nation to address the challenges that come with looking after a population that is living longer than ever before and the increased costs which come with this.

"And, as someone who loves nothing more than visiting my local pub, I greatly welcome the opportunity to work with brewers, landlords and patrons to support community pubs which are so important to so many cities, towns and villages and which support many thousands of jobs across the country.

"It is an exciting and intriguing new role and one I am very much looking forward to undertaking."

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