Mark Prisk replaces Grant Shapps as housing minister


The Minister for business and enterprise Mark Prisk has replaced Grant Shapps as housing minister, who has become the new Conservative Party chairman.

Prisk has been in his role at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills since May 2010. He was elected as the MP for Hertford and Stortford in 2001 and is a chartered surveyor by profession.

Housing minister Grant Shapps (pictured) has been confirmed as the new Conservative Party chairman and is promoted to the cabinet as a minister without portfolio.

Shapps replaces Baroness Warsi, who becomes senior foreign office minister and will attend the Cabinet as the minister for faith and communities.

The housing minister has come under heavy criticism by the mortgage industry at times for some of his policy ideas, like urging lenders to offer “mates mortgages” and 30-year fixed rates, and for poor house building figures during his time in the position.

Elsewhere, Treasury financial secretary Mark Hoban is moving to become employment minister within the Department for Work and Pensions.

Iain Duncan Smith is set to remain in his role as work and pensions secretary as prime minister David Cameron continues his first ministerial reshuffle.

The BBC reports that Cameron wanted to keep Duncan Smith in place as a “strong reformer”. He is believed to have turned down the role of justice secretary.

Justice secretary Ken Clarke will also remain in cabinet but has been moved to a roving economic brief as minister without portfolio.

Other moves include Michael Gove remaining as education secretary and international development minister Andrew Mitchell becoming Government chief whip.

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman and Welsh secretary Cheryl Gillian have also left the Government.