Housing Minister, Kris Hopkins
October 9, 2013
Kris Hopkins, the Conservative MP for Keighley, has been appointed as the new Housing Minister, though it will be at Under Secretary of State level, rather than Minister of State. Unlike Mark Prisk, Hopkins has little direct industry experience though the minister will have a smaller remit than his predecessor.
PRSupdate has posted some biographical information about the new Minister to provide you with a better insight into the man who will be working on the decisions that will impact our industry.
Kris was born in 1963 and lives in Haworth, 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 his spare time, Kris is a keen walker and runner and an able photographer with published shots amongst his credits.
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, became Leader of the Council and Leader of the Conservative Group, a position he held until his election to Parliament in May 2010.
Since then, he has become one of 25 Parliamentarians appointed to represent the United Kingdom as full members of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.
In 2013 he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Communities and Local Government.
(Biography information sourced from conservatives.com)