The MP for South East Cambridgeshire replaces Lee Rowley 

Lucy Frazer has been confirmed as the housing minister today, after days of speculation. 

The MP for South East Cambridgeshire will replace Lee Rowley, a parliamentary under secretary of state who is now understood to have the local government brief. 

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Lucy Frazer is the fifth housing minister this year

Aged 50, Frazer has previously been a minister of state at the Department for Transport from 7 September to 26 October, and was financial secretary to the Treasury from 16 September to 7 September 2022. 

She has previously worked as a barrister in commercial law, becoming Queen’s Counsel 10 years ago, before entering politics and winning the South East Cambridgeshire seat at the 2015 general election.

Rowley originally appeared to have been re-appointed as the housing minister last month. The Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities homepage updated with all the new ministers, which a spokesperson directed Building to, listed Rowley as ’minister for housing’ and was only changed early last week.

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Frazer becomes the fifth MP to hold the housing minister brief in 2022, following Chris Pincher, Stuart Andrew, Marcus Jones and Rowley. 

AT-A-GLANCE: The DLUHC ministerial team

  • Michael Gove, secretary of state
  • Dehenna Davison, parliamentary under secretary of state
  • Lee Rowley, parliamentary under secretary of state
  • Baroness Scott of Bybrook, parliamentary under secretary of state
  • Lucy Frazer, parliamentary under secretary of state (housing minister)