Mark Prisk MP lost his job as housing minister in yesterday’s ministerial reshuffle.
The news surprised the housing industry which applauded his work and focus on improving housing delivery.
Prisk revealed the news on Twitter: “Been asked to step aside from housing for a younger generation. Disappointing but it’s been a great eleven years on frontbench,” he tweeted.
Prisk inherited the job a year ago from Grant Shapps, who was promoted to Conservative Party Chairman. Prior to that, he held the construction brief at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
In opposition, Prisk was one of the MPs supporting the launch of the Get Britain Building pan-industry campaign.
Mike Leonard, CEO of the Modern Masonry Alliance – one of the founding organisations of the campaign – , said: “Sorry to hear the news that Mark Prisk is leaving housing. His contribution, in opposition, helping us to launch the Get Britain Building campaign, and his follow through as a minister in BIS has been much appreciated by the industry.
“As housing minister, he has driven a significant increase in delivery which has created an increased demand for British made building products, including brick and block, driving jobs and growth.”
Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said that Prisk’s tenure as housing minister had been marked by a “commendable focus on delivery”.
The Federation of Master Builders also joined the tributes describing him as an engaged housing minister.
Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the British Property Federation, said: “Mark Prisk leaves his office today having been a key part of the realignment of UK housing policy, which is now in a far better position that it was only a year ago.
“Housing is now higher up the political agenda than it has been for some time, and we would emphasise the importance of Mark’s successor continuing this approach. We hope that the next Minister continues to face up to the huge challenges of supply with the same enthusiasm, and supports the delivery of homes for rent and sale.”