This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
When the Prime Minister asked me to become the new housing minister I was both surprised and delighted.
I had enjoyed my role as business minister and I am proud of the work I have done, whether it be overseeing a record number of small business start-ups or the investment of £6 billion into the UK automotive industry.
Yet as a constituency MP and as a chartered surveyor, I recognise that the state of housing in this country is an issue which affects everyone. So it’s great to have the chance to help unlock the housing market, get homes built and see more families enjoy the security that comes from being able to step over their own threshold.