|Minister of State for Justice|
14 February 2020
|Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service|
25 July 2019
|Minister of State for Housing and Planning|
9 July 2018 - 24 July 2019
|Minister of State for Family Support|
9 January 2018 - 9 July 2018
|Member of Parliament|
for North West Hampshire
7 May 2015
|Sir George Young, Bt|
|Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise|
9 May 2012 - 9 May 2016
|Deputy Mayor of London for Policing|
6 May 2008 - 9 May 2012
|Stephen Greenhalgh (Policing and Crime)|
|Member of the London Assembly|
for West Central
1 May 2008 - 5 May 2016
Christopher Laurie Malthouse
27 October 1966
Aigburth, Liverpool, England
Tracy-Jane Newall (m. 1996)
Juliana Farha (m. 2007)
|Alma mater||Newcastle University|
Christopher Laurie Malthouse (born 27 October 1966) is a British politician, businessman and occasional writer serving as Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service since July 2019 and Minister of State for Justice since February 2020. A member of the Conservative Party, he has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Hampshire since 2015. Malthouse previously served as Deputy Mayor of London for Policing (2008-2012) and for Business and Enterprise (2012-2015), as well as the member of the London Assembly representing the West Central constituency (2008-2016), which encompasses the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
He was formerly Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority and the first Statutory Deputy Mayor for Policing and a former city councillor and Deputy Leader of Westminster City Council. Following the 2018 cabinet reshuffle, Malthouse was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. In July 2018, he was appointed Minister of State for Housing, at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Malthouse was credited as the convener of an agreement between limited factions of the Conservative Party on Brexit, The Malthouse Compromise in January 2019. The compromise was later voted down in Parliament in March 2019.
Malthouse trained to be a chartered accountant at Touche Ross & Company (now Deloitte), qualifying in 2004. He then left and worked as Finance Director of the Cannock Group. He led the management buyout of the part of that group called County Holdings and became chairman of the company.
Malthouse's first run for office was to represent the constituency of Liverpool Wavertree in the 1997 general election. The seat, which had been recreated after being abolished following the 1979 general election, was easily won by Labour candidate Jane Kennedy, who took 29,592 votes (64.4%). Malthouse came third with 4,944 votes (10.8%), behind Liberal Democrat candidate Richard C. Kemp.
Malthouse was elected to Westminster council in May 1998, representing St George's ward in the Pimlico area of central London. Following boundary changes, he was re-elected in May 2002 for Warwick ward, which is also in Pimlico. Malthouse was appointed as Chief Whip of the Conservative Group, and following a change of leader to Sir Simon Milton, he was appointed Chairman of the Social Services Committee. Two years later, he was elected Deputy Leader of the Council and became Cabinet Member for Finance.
He retired from Westminster City Council at the May 2006 local elections. Malthouse challenged the results of the 2001 population census, which he said seriously underestimated the population of the City of Westminster. Following a two-year battle with the Office for National Statistics, the City of Westminster population was revised upwards by 10%. and a review of future census methodology was commissioned.
Malthouse argued against the introduction of the London congestion charge, opposing it on the grounds that the idea should not be first introduced in the most populous city in England, and that London was already one of the most expensive cities to live in. He also suggested that the purpose of the scheme was to address Transport for London's budgetary shortfall.
As Deputy Leader of Westminster Council, Malthouse was responsible for agreeing to a £12.3 million settlement with Shirley Porter over the £27 million surcharge, eventually raising to £42 million in costs and interest, imposed on her as a result of the Homes for Votes gerrymandering fraud scandal.
On 26 March 2007, he was selected as the Conservative candidate for the London Assembly seat of West Central. The Assembly elections took place on 1 May 2008, and Malthouse received 53% of the vote. He was appointed Deputy Mayor for Policing two days later.
Malthouse was appointed Deputy Mayor of London for Policing by Mayor Boris Johnson with effect from 6 May 2008. In October 2008 he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority by Johnson. Malthouse was a member of the board of the Association of Police Authorities, and the London Regional Resilience Forum. He was also involved in the Ministerial Steering Group of the London Criminal Justice Partnership.
Malthouse has introduced Met Forward, the Authority's strategic mission for London's police. Alongside the Mayor of London and the then Deputy Commissioner of Metropolitan Police, Malthouse released 'Time for Action' on 3 November 2008 in response to escalating concerns about youth violence in London. Malthouse campaigned against dangerous dogs across London. He also campaigned for changes to the dangerous dogs legislation to introduce tougher punishments and worked with the CPS to reduce the long delays in the court process to reduce the kenneling costs.
Malthouse campaigned against the presence of prostitution cards in telephone kiosks across London. He also devised the 2010 program 'The Way Forward - a plan for London to tackle violence against women and girls'. In March 2012, Malthouse was urged to resign by Labour MP Chris Bryant for reportedly saying too many police resources were allocated to the investigation into press phone hacking.
While Deputy Mayor of London, Malthouse expressed concerns about the growing numbers of foxes and said: "People are afraid to let their small children play outside because of them. They are more and more worried about the number of foxes as numbers continue to grow." Following his election to Parliament, he stated that he would vote to repeal the Hunting Act 2004, which bans the hunting of foxes with dogs.
In May 2012, Malthouse was appointed as London's first Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise, with the task of increasing the number of Londoners in employment, and leading economic and business policy for City Hall. Malthouse was also appointed co-chair of the London Enterprise Partnership. Malthouse is a board member of TheCityUK and HyER, the European Association for Hydrogen and fuel cells and Electro-mobility and chair of Hydrogen London. Malthouse is also a board member of London & Partners, the promotional body for the capital.
On 4 July 2014 it was announced that Malthouse would be selected as the Conservative candidate in the 2015 general election for the North West Hampshire constituency. The seat had been occupied by Sir George Young since 1997, who announced in 2013 that he would retire in 2015. In March 2015 Malthouse resigned his position as Deputy Mayor of London to concentrate on his parliamentary campaign; the office remained vacant until 2016. He won the seat in North West Hampshire with a majority of 23,943.
In March 2016, Malthouse was asked by Andover's MS Society to step down from his role as a patron. The charity felt he was no longer suitable for the role as he had recently voted to cut ESA to the same level as JSA for those in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG).
He served as Minister of State for Family Support in 2018 and Minister of State for Housing and Planning from 2018 to 2019. Malthouse was credited as the convener of an agreement between two Conservative party factions on Brexit which aimed to rewrite the Irish backstop. The House of Commons voted down the agreement in March 2019 after EU negotiators criticised it as unrealistic. On 27 May 2019, Malthouse announced that he was standing in the Conservative Party leadership election to replace Theresa May. On 4 June 2019, Malthouse announced that he was withdrawing from the contest.
Mr Malthouse's office said he would vote to repeal the act, but did not provide a reason.