South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor Tim Yeo after being chosen to chair a parliamentary group for housing.
Mr Cartlidge will chair the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning.
The cross-party group will look to address the national housing emergency, supported by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
MPs from a range of urban and rural constituencies will form the group which was formerly chaired by former South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo.
Mr Cartlidge recognised different areas would face different challenges.
“This is a rural area. Here the aim is to find housing policies that support the first time buyers but not at the expense of local countryside,” said Mr Cartlidge.
He added that as a cross-party forum the idea would be to find initiatives all members could agree on.
“Housing is increasingly becoming one of the most critical policy challenges facing local and national Government and with a Housing Bill pending it is likely to become more political and controversial.
“In this context, a cross-party Parliamentary group focused objectively on the national policy challenge of housing offers a vehicle for taking the debate forward in a way that is both positive and constructive.
“Having spent my working life in the shared ownership housing sector, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing first time buyers. Equally, as a rural MP, I recognise the need for development to be sustainable.
“There are a whole raft of complex issues in housing and planning today but I hope that this group can make a real contribution.”