Kris Hopkins

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Kris Hopkins
MP
Kris Hopkins2013.jpg
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Brandon Lewis
Minister of State for Housing and Local Government
In office
7 October 2013 – 15 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Mark Prisk
Succeeded by Brandon Lewis
Member of Parliament
for Keighley
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Ann Cryer
Majority 2,940 (6.2%)
Personal details
Born (1963-06-08) 8 June 1963 (age 51)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Residence Oakworth, West Yorkshire
Alma mater University of Leeds (??)
Website www.krishopkins.co.uk

Kristan Frederick (Kris) Hopkins[1] (born 8 June 1963)[2] is a British Conservative Party politician, who was elected at the 2010 general election as the Member of Parliament for Keighley in West Yorkshire.[3] He is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Department for Communities and Local Government[4] and the former housing minister.

Military career[edit]

Hopkins served in Kenya, Northern Ireland and Germany as a Private in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment,[5][6]

Academic career[edit]

According to his CV, 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. His CV gives neither dates nor places for any of these activities. He actually studied at Trinity and All Saints College in Horsforth, Leeds (now named Leeds Trinity University). The college's degrees at that time were awarded by the University of Leeds.

Political career[edit]

Hopkins had stood twice for Parliament before being elected, when he was second to Linda Riordan in the 2005 election for the seat of Halifax, also in West Yorkshire and for the Leeds West Constituency in 2001.

Before his election to Parliament, Hopkins had been a member of Bradford Council since 1998, rising to become the council's deputy leader in 2004 and leader in 2006.

In October 2013 he was appointed Minister for Housing.[7] In the July 2014 reshuffle, Hopkins was demoted to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and was replaced as housing minister by Brandon Lewis.[8]

Hopkins was described by his Tory colleague Nadine Dorries (on her Twitter account) as "one of parliament's slimiest, nastiest MP's"; she also criticized Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to promote Hopkins to a junior ministerial post within the Department for Communities and Local Government as "a really awful decision".[9]

In February 2014, Hopkins provoked 'gasps of astonishment' from Parliament's Work and Pensions Select Committee when he said that disabled recipients of the so-called 'bedroom tax' were "set in their ways", and that some disabled people were having difficulty adjusting to the "cultural change" of how they spend their money.[10] When challenged by Labour MP Debbie Abrahams about his previous answer the exchange went

Abrahams - Minister, I was specifically asking about disabled people. To suggest that behaviour change will alter a disability is quite shocking. I am asking specifically about how the disabled people who have been affected by the bedroom tax, the most vulnerable group in society—

Hopkins - Can I respond to it, then? First of all, people who are disabled make a huge contribution to society, and wherever we can we need to be able to support them to do that. Part of this process is enabling some of these individuals to do that. This is not just the introduction of a policy and then standing back. This is about a huge amount of support through DHP, some £445 million, including £25 million both this year and next year, for people with disability. It is about engaging it on the ground.

I was talking to a housing provider in Derby the other day, and it is about door‑to‑door engagement. It is about knocking on the door, building a relationship and understanding the individual needs of those people, and then tailoring a response to it. It is not about standing back and imposing something. The investment I noticed in the report that came out was that there was on average over £100,000 worth of investment from each of those housing associations. I really applaud them for doing that. They do not want people to be stuck on benefit, trapped in that arena. They want them to be able to retrain, to gain employment, to build self-esteem, and that is part of that intervention to be able to do it.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ LIST OF MEMBERS RETURNED TO SERVE IN PARLIAMENT AT THE GENERAL ELECTION 2010 London Gazette
  2. ^ "Democracy Live: Your representatives: Kris Hopkins". BBC. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Election 2010: Keighley". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/people/kris-hopkins
  5. ^ "Conservative MP Hopkins questions Sinn Fein expenses" news.bbc.co.uk 27 July 2010 Link retrieved 27 July 2010
  6. ^ Watt, Nicholas (29 April 2012). "New Conservative MPs bid to oust old guard from key committee". The Guardian (London). 
  7. ^ Kelly, Liam (8 October 2013). "Reshuffle: Kris Hopkins appointed housing minister". The Guardian (London). 
  8. ^ Kelly, Liam (15 July 2014). "Brandon Lewis promoted to housing and planning minister in reshuffle". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nadine Dorries launches Twitter attack on promoted Tory MP". The Guardian. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tory MP Kris Hopkins says disabled people hit by bedroom tax need to change their ways". Daily Mirror. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Work and Pensions Committee:Oral evidence: Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system, HC 720". 12 February 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ann Cryer
Member of Parliament for Keighley
2010–present
Incumbent