According to Gavin Barwell’s blog, he was spending a leisurely Sunday afternoon up a tree, sawing off a branch, when his mobile went and Croydon Central came pretty close to having a by-election. The call was from Theresa May, to ask him to serve as Minister of State for Housing and Planning and Minister for London.
“Every MP will tell you that housing is one of the most common issues they deal with in their surgeries,” said Barwell. “I look forward to working with councils, housing associations, developers, investors and local communities to make sure we build we need with the mix of tenures that people want and that those homes should be great places to live.”
Gavin Laurence Barwell has been MP for Croydon Central since 2010, having worked for the Conservative party headquarters from 1993 until his election in 2010 and was – between 2003 and 2006 – the party’s chief operating officer responsible for over a hundred staff and a multimillion-pound budget.
He has previously served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Greg Clark and Michael Gove. On 15 July 2014, David Cameron promoted Barwell to the position of Government Whip, Lord Commissioner.
Barwell is married with three sons.