Conservative MP Grant Shapps has been named new housing minister by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.

He was formerly the Conservative Party’s shadow housing minister. Shapps stood unsuccessfully for Parliament in 1997 and 2001, but won the Welwyn Hatfield seat in the  2005 election.

He defended the seat successfully at the 2010 election. However, as housing minister, he will not have a seat in cabinet in the new coalition government.

He will work under Eric Pickles the new secretary of state for the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Grant shapps said on his twitter feed

“Having shadowed four Housing Ministers in a row it’s an honour to finally be the Minister of State for Housing.”