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ARB campaigner Salisbury to join RIBA presidency race and return architects to 'position of primacy'

Anti-ARB campaigner Ian Salisbury has announced he will stand for the presidency of the RIBA in this year's election.

Salisbury plans to use the presidential role to strengthen his hand in the on-going battle to pare back the regulator.

However, the RIBA's former honorary secretary insists he will 'certainly be no one-issue candidate' and is determined to persuade voters that there would be more to his presidency.

'I am seriously considering what I could do for the profession when I run for this position, ' he told the AJ. 'I want to have a raft of policies that would improve the position of normal architects.

'I have become persuaded that within the two years of the presidency I could introduce a minimum wage that would increase architects' incomes to at least 5 per cent more than the rest of the construction professions. I am also confident that I could also return architects to their traditional position of primacy in the construction process.

'Many people approached me to try to persuade me to stand, ' he added. 'I am honoured to say that this includes three past presidents.'

Salisbury's support includes his fellow board member Nicholas Tweddell. 'I was extremely keen for Ian to stand and had been trying to persuade him for quite some time, ' Tweddell told the AJ.

'I believe it would really strengthen his position in our campaign to reform the ARB and it would mean the ARB authorities would have no choice but to enter into a proper debate for the first time.

'But this is not just about one issue, it goes right across the board. We need to introduce a minimum wage and improve the lot of architects.

'Ian is the man to do it. He is experienced and sensible with the policies, ' he added.

Others in the possible field of candidates have also welcomed a Salisbury candidacy. Vice-president for education Jack Pringle - who admits he is seriously considering a tilt at the presidency - said he welcomed the move.

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