Mark Prisk has been asked to leave, following a year in the position.
He announced on his Twitter account yesterday than he has been asked to ‘step aside’
Mr Prisk wrote: “Been asked to step aside from housing for a younger generation. Disappointing but it’s been a great eleven years on frontbencher.”
Prior to taking over from Grant Shapps as housing minister last September, Mr Prisk was business and enterprise minister from 2010 to 2012.
Grainia Long, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: ‘Mark Prisk’s tenure as housing minister has been marked by a commendable focus on delivery.
“Although progress on numbers of new homes has been disappointingly slow it is clear that the minister has been working hard to explore different delivery options and taking a personal interest in work to unlock stalled sites. He also brought a good deal of personal integrity to the role and a careful and thoughtful approach informed by a real understanding of the housing system and housing markets reflecting his background as a property professional. His personal style was highly non-partisan demonstrating a willingness to search for solutions rather than a desire to play politics with something as important to peoples’ lives as housing.”
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, said: “Mark Prisk is a rational and thoughtful man who as housing minister was doing his best in a difficult economic climate. Always willing to listen to housing associations around the country, he understood the problems we were trying to solve. One of his strengths was that he focused on working discreetly with housing associations to try and help the country find its way out of its crippling housing crisis. Whoever takes his place must have a similar drive and look to maintain the good relationships he made in the sector.”
It is not yet known who will replace Prisk as Housing minister
Jack Dromey, Shadow Housing Minister, was also removed from his position, and has been replaced by Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East and former shadow Europe minister.