Keighley MP Kris Hopkins tells of his excitement at minister role (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Keighley MP Kris Hopkins tells of his excitement at minister role
2:48pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
Keighley’s MP says he is relishing being part of the Government after winning a key housing job in Prime Minister David Cameron’s reshuffle.
Kris Hopkins - who is a former district councillor from Oakworth and ex Bradford Council leader - was promoted to become a junior minister at the department for communities and local government.
He will be getting to grips with the nation’s ongoing housing crisis, while working for Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who is also a former Bradford district councillor.
Mr Hopkins said he understood his additional responsibilities would include on-shore and off-shore wind farms and issues surrounding “difficult families”.
He was due to learn more about his exact job description today.
He said: “I first got involved in politics because someone had put double yellow lines down in the middle of Oakworth in 1997, and to go from there to being asked to be a minister is a hell of a journey.
“It is a great privilege and hugely exciting. In addition to having the conversations that I think are important as a local MP, this ministerial role will give me a far better insight into how Government works.
“I’ve already had a good meeting with Eric Pickles. I first met him in 1978 through campaigning as a Young Conservative.”