Tatton MP says "it is a real privilege to be invited back into government"

Esther in House 4

Just hours after praising the new prime minister, Esther McVey was delighted to have been appointed as the Housing Minister in Boris Johnson's new government.

The Tatton MP, who came last in the Tory leadership race, replaces Kit Malthouse who was appointed Minister of State for Housing, at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in July 2018.

Speaking about the appointment, MP Esther McVey told wilmslow.co.uk "I am delighted to have been asked to be part of Cabinet and take on the role of Housing Minister. It is such an important brief and it is a real privilege to be invited back into government and work with Boris and his team to deliver Brexit and on such a crucial domestic policy.

"While I was pleased to accept the role, I am first and foremost the MP for Tatton and that is still the case whatever role I play or do not play in Government. The work continues every day here and I, along with my staff, remain 100 per cent committed to delivering what matters to our area. I will be back home as usual on a Friday for a weekend of constituency work and will continue to do so every week, just as I did when I was deputy chief whip and Secretary of State in the Department for Work and Pensions.

"On the backbenches I campaigned for more police, increase in police funding, local transport and infrastructure – all things Boris has agreed to do with immediate effect. As a minister I am not allowed to raise local issues in the Commons chamber but you can be assured I will continue to push all these issues behind the scenes, continue to set up meetings with government colleagues and deliver on Tatton's priorities."

Esther McVey


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Keith Chapman
Saturday 27th July 2019 at 8:35 am
Congratulations Esther on a well deserved appointment. Consider a larger role for local authorities in building council houses to replace those sold under ‘right to buy’. Selling council houses was the right policy at the time, but we now need homes at an affordable rent for young people. It would be a good idea to give such tenants the right to buy on preferential terms after a set period of tenancy. That would give tenants the ability (low rents) and time to save for a deposit. This policy would create a virtual circle of progression to home ownership. Not all housing policy can be left to the market.
Jon Newell
Saturday 27th July 2019 at 3:28 pm
Wonderful proposal -well thought out, sensible and practical - but I can not see the current administration going any where near it. It could easily be in the manifesto of the Labour Party when sensible souls such as Healy, Williams and Jenkins were (showing my age).
What would be achievable under current rules would be a redefinition of “affordable”. Building big house and then imposing a statutory discount does not create affordable housing. It just creates a long term profit for the freeholder.
What we need is a regime that says that in any large development which is less than 2 miles from a train station - large being more than 20 units to be radical - there must be at least 20% of units that are two bedrooms with a garden space. This would generate mixed developments which would have long term sustainability.
Oliver Romain
Saturday 27th July 2019 at 4:54 pm
Second propaganda article in a week and the Editor’s pick. Ridiculous.
Rick Andrews
Saturday 27th July 2019 at 7:32 pm
Sorry Oliver - our MP is elected, as you are, so please do not oppose the right to express views.
Mark Goldsmith
Sunday 28th July 2019 at 10:57 am
Rick - Oliver routinely assumes that because 5% of Wilmslow's electorate voted Lib Dem in May, it gives him the right to speak for all of Wilmslow.

Last month he was scaring cancer patients with lies about Brexit.

Today he wants to suppress our independent media.

I dread to think what next month will bring.
Oliver Romain
Sunday 28th July 2019 at 10:00 pm
Mark your trolling is getting weird. You should get a hobby or something. It’s can’t be good for you obsessing about me all the time and I am sure there are more constructive things you could do with your time.
Whilst it is sad to see you, once again, resorting personal insults and untrue claims, it is amusing to see you attempting once again to prevent me expressing my views, ironically under the guise of protecting the expression of views.
It is supremely arrogant of you to think that you have any control or sway over the expression of views. It says more about you than it does me. In the past you stated that you would not reply to me on this site. It may be for the best for everyone if you stuck with this commitment.
You and your party are turning this website toxic.
Ian Hughes
Monday 29th July 2019 at 4:58 pm
Where is the propaganda in reporting that the local MP has been appointed a government minister and proving a quote from the MP explaining that as a consequence she is unable to raise local issues in Parliament. I didn’t know that before and found it quite helpful. For the record I have no party allegiance.
Mark Goldsmith
Wednesday 31st July 2019 at 4:44 pm

I have never known anyone contradict themselves so quickly and so often as you. Here’s some examples or your most recent logic-bending comments:

You originally said above “Second propaganda article in a week and the Editor’s pick. Ridiculous.” Now you say above…“(Mark) It is supremely arrogant of you to think that you have any control or sway over the expression of views”

Do you really not see ANY conflict between your two comments. That were posted only one day apart? Any at all?

Here’s another example:

“You should get a hobby or something. It can’t be good for you obsessing about me all the time”. Then in the next paragraph…“Whilst it is sad to see you, once again, resorting to personal insults”.

So you make personal insults then decry personal insults but can't see your hypocrisy? Even though these statements are right next to each other in your comment?

Finally, last Thursday you asked me on this site “Surely you don’t expect the electorate to believe that ROW is neutral on Brexit or national politics?”.Then three days later "(Mark) In the past you stated that you would not reply to me on this site.”

So why did you ask me the original question then? Why ask it, then complain 3 days later that I answered it? It's bizarre.

Oliver, you clearly say anything that comes into your head to spin things for the Lib Dem's. However, you are now an elected member of Wilmslow Town Council, so expect me to speak out when you use this site for your political propaganda.

So in future, I hope your comments to me will be based on facts or logic or even some consistency would be good.

I won’t hold my breath though…

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
WTC & CEC for Residents of Wilmslow
Andrew Backhouse
Thursday 1st August 2019 at 8:06 am
I welcome Wilmslow.co.uk news, but I don't find it helpful when those sending in comments 'slag' each other off. Could we stick to the debate on housing?

I quite agree with those saying we need to have real affordable housing a.k.a. social housing - Right to buy seems to have helped those who were better off poor get richer - but the poor are still with us and need housing. I understand that the council landlord/housing associations have been stopped from building - or find that anything they do build gets sold off at a discount, so losing the council/housing association money. Where is the incentive to build the right things? That should include all houses, given the climate emergency, getting built with maximum energy efficiency - something the government reduced about 6 years ago.....
David Nelson
Thursday 1st August 2019 at 8:38 am
The media should exercise their ability to control the flow of diatribe between or amongst contributors. Reading the comments on this article has done nothing to improve my opinion of either democracy or press freedom. Stick to relevant comments please.