Rachel Maclean has become the 15th housing minister to be sacked since 2010 as part of Rishi Sunak’s reshuffle, with the Conservatives reappointing Lee Rowley to the role
Redditch MP Maclean confirmed she was asked to step down from the role on Tuesday after Suella Braverman’s sacking as home secretary triggered a wave of hirings and firings in the Conservative cabinet, including the shock return of former prime minister David Cameron.
Rowley, a former estate agent before becoming a banker, previously held the role more than a year ago during Liz Truss’ disastrous premiership. He was in the post for just 49 days.
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Maclean said: “I’ve been asked to step down from my role as housing minister. Disappointed and was looking forward to introducing the Renters Reform Bill to committee tomorrow and later the Leasehold and Freehold Bill. It has been a privilege to hold the position and I wish my successor well.”
Generation Rent tweeted that they were “outraged” that Maclean was removed from her position just before the Renters Reform Bill was set for more scrutiny from MPs.