Eddie Hughes (British politician)

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Eddie Hughes
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Official portrait, 2019
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Rough Sleeping
In office
16 January 2021 – 8 September 2022
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded byKelly Tolhurst
Succeeded byAndrew Stephenson
Member of Parliament
for Walsall North
Assumed office
8 June 2017
Preceded byDavid Winnick
Majority11,965 (32.7%)
Personal details
Born (1968-10-03) 3 October 1968 (age 54)
Birmingham, England
Political partyConservative
Clare Hughes
(m. 2014)
Alma materUniversity of Glamorgan

Edmund Francis Hughes[1] (born 3 October 1968) is a British Conservative Party politician who served in the Second Johnson ministry as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Rough Sleeping from 2021 to 2022. He has also been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Walsall North since 2017.[2]

He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Rough Sleeping in January 2021, due to the resignation of Kelly Tolhurst.

Early life and career[edit]

Hughes was born on 3 October 1968 in Birmingham, England.[3] His father was a bus driver and his mother was a cleaner. He has five brothers and attended Handsworth Grammar School (now King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys).[4] Hughes studied civil engineering at the University of Glamorgan.[5]

He was a director of YMCA Birmingham for development and asset management from 2014 to 2017, and assistant chief executive in 2017.[3] He was a trustee of the Walsall Wood Allotment Charity, which helps people in financial need. Hughes served on the West Midlands Police Authority and was chairman of Walsall Housing Group from 2016 until June 2018.[6][7][3]

He stood for the Pheasey ward on Walsall Council in 1998, but was unsuccessful. He was, however, elected as a councillor for the Hatherton Rushall ward on Walsall Council in 1999, gaining the seat from Labour, until 2004 when boundary changes occurred and he was elected a councillor for Streetly ward.[8][9] He has held several positions on the council including the decision-making cabinet, chairman of Children's Services Scrutiny and Audit committees.[7] He left the council in 2018.[3] He stood unsuccessfully for MP of Birmingham Hall Green in 2005.[3]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Hughes was elected the MP for Walsall North at the 2017 general election, where he unseated the sitting veteran Labour Party MP David Winnick.[10] Winnick, aged 83 at the time, had held the seat for the previous 38 years, since the 1979 general election.[11]

Hughes introduced a Ten Minute Rule bill into the House of Commons to improve tenant safety around carbon monoxide poisoning. It received a first reading on 13 September 2017.[12]

Hughes spoke in the Commons during a debate on NHS pay in September 2017, stating that the starting salary for a newly qualified nurse was higher than that of the average constituent of Walsall North, in defending not lifting a below inflation cap of 1% on public-sector pay increases. He said it was his job to stick up for everyone, not just people in the public sector. Despite his intervention, the opposition motion to lift the cap was passed.[13] The Conservative Government subsequently announced, in March 2018, that they would end the cap on NHS salaries.[14]

Hughes has campaigned for more front line police on the streets and raised the issue with Theresa May in the House of Commons.[15]

He is a supporter of Brexit, campaigning for a leave vote, and was one of 62 Conservative MPs who wrote to the Prime Minister urging support for her Lancaster House speech.[16]

Since being elected in June 2017 Hughes had campaigned for funding for a new A&E department at Walsall Manor Hospital, including raising the issue with the Prime Minister at PMQs. Funding of £36m was eventually allocated by the Department for Health & Social Care in December 2018.[17]

Hughes was a member of the Consolidation Bills Committee and the Women & Equalities Select Committee.[18]

Hughes was made a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the ministerial team of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in June 2018.[19] During his time as PPS at MHLG Hughes was responsible for liaising with parliamentary colleagues in respect of revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework which was subsequently published in July 2018. He subsequently moved with Dominic Raab to the Department for Exiting the European Union. He resigned to vote against the Withdrawal Agreement on 15 January 2019.[20] From February 2020 to January 2021, he was an Assistant Whip.[2][3]

As chair of the APPG for Excellence in the Built Environment Hughes chaired the committee's inquiry into the need for a New Homes Ombudsman which was published in June 2018. In October 2018 the government announced that there will be a New Homes Ombudsman – "a watchdog that will champion homebuyers, protect their interests and hold developers to account."[21]

He joined the government in January 2021, being appointed as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing and Rough Sleeping at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government due to the resignation of Kelly Tolhurst.[22][23]

Hughes endorsed Kemi Badenoch during the July 2022 Conservative Party leadership election.[24] He spoke at her campaign launch event held on 12 July.[25]

Other political work[edit]

Hughes works with libertarian Conservative think tank Freer UK, with whom he released a report on blockchain technologies, advocating that the UK government appoint a Chief Blockchain Officer.[26][27][28]

Personal life[edit]

He married Clare in 2014. Hughes has a son and daughter from a previous marriage.[3] His brother Des is a Labour councillor.[29]

Hughes is an Aston Villa FC fan and a Catholic.[30]


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  4. ^ "Local MP Visits HGS". Handsworth Grammar school. 15 February 2019.
  5. ^ Carr, Tim; Dale, Iain; Waller, Robert (7 September 2017). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2017. Biteback Publishing. p. 304. ISBN 978-1-78590-278-9.
  6. ^ Barker, Nathaniel (10 January 2018). "Steady Eddie: the MP who chairs a housing association". Inside Housing. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b "About Eddie Hughes". Eddie Hughes. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Walsall MBC Election Results 1973–2012" (PDF). Election Centre. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  9. ^ "CMIS: Councillors". cmispublic.walsall.gov.uk.
  10. ^ Leather, Harry. "Walsall General Election results: Labour's David Winnick loses seat he had held since 1979". www.expressandstar.com. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  11. ^ Meyjes, Toby (9 June 2017). "Parliament's oldest MP David Winnick, 83, loses seat he held since 1979".
  12. ^ "Speech in Hansard". UK Parliament Hansard. 13 September 2017. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017.
  13. ^ Walker, Jonathan (14 September 2017). "MP insists nurses are already well paid compared to the rest of us". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  14. ^ Cowburn, Ashley (21 March 2018). "NHS staff pay rise of 6.5% 'set to be agreed' after seven year wage cap". The Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  15. ^ Madeley, Peter (21 February 2018). "Tory MP Eddie Hughes launches scathing attack on David Jamieson in Parliament, calling on Theresa May for support over police officer numbers". Express & Star. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  16. ^ Madeley, Peter (21 February 2018). "Hard Brexit faction demand 'clean break' from EU". Express & Star. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  17. ^ Madeley, Peter (7 December 2018). "Walsall Manor Hospital gets £36 million A&E funding". Express & Star. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Eddie Hughes MP Profile". UK Parliament. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017.
  20. ^ Madeley, Peter (16 January 2019). "MPs warn of plans to block Brexit after May's crushing Commons defeat". Express & Star. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Construction Industry Council".
  22. ^ "Kelly Tolhurst: Minister resigns to spend 'precious time' with family after 'devastating news'". Sky News. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  23. ^ "Housing minister Kelly Tolhurst resigns after 'devastating' family news". The Guardian. 16 January 2021. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  24. ^ Madeley, Peter (12 July 2022). "Tory leadership race: Early favourite among region's MPs as nominations deadline looms". Express & Star. Retrieved 12 July 2022.
  25. ^ In full: Kemi Badenoch launches her campaign to be the next prime minister, Sky News, retrieved 13 July 2022
  26. ^ McDougall, Mary (4 July 2018). "Tory MP says UK needs a chief blockchain officer". City A.M. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  27. ^ Pritchard, Tom. "Walsall MP Declares UK Government Needs a 'Chief Blockchain Officer'". Gizmodo UK. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  28. ^ Kelly, Jemima (4 July 2018). "Building a blockchain Britain in Bloxwich, because ...?". Financial Times. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  29. ^ Elkes, Neil (13 May 2010). "Brothers divided by politics in Streetly and Kingstanding". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  30. ^ Maher, Matt. "Aston Villa boss Dean Smith: Fans must call out the racists". www.expressandstar.com. Retrieved 12 August 2021.

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Preceded by Member of Parliament
for Walsall North