The government has appointed a new Rough Sleeping and Housing minister, after Kelly Tollhurst was forced to step down citing a family issue.
Tollhurst, the MP for Rochester and Strood, will be replaced by Walsall North MP and assistant whip Eddie Hughes.
Writing in her letter of resignation, Tollhurst said of her tenure: “As Rough Sleeping and Housing minister, I have been proud to work on delivering our Conservative Manifesto commitment to end rough sleeping by the conclusion of this parliament — a commitment that I know you [Boris Johnson] are passionate about.
“The unprecedented levels of support and funding being provided by this government, with over £700m to tackle rough sleeping and homelessness for local authorities; and, since the pandemic began, helping 33,000 people into accommodation and supporting 23,000 people into longer-term accommodation is a truly phenomenal achievement.
“We are on track to meet our commitment to make sure that all those who are sleeping rough get the help and support they need to move forward with their lives.”
Boris Johnson replied saying that he was “very sorry” to receive Tolhurst’s resignation, and thanked her for her contribution.
He later added on Twitter: “Kelly, very sad that you’re standing down from government. You’ve been a brilliant minister at three departments but family must come first.
“My thoughts are with you and your loved ones at this difficult time.”
Image: Eddie Hughes
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