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Who goes home?


Speculation is growing over the make-up of the next government. Assuming Tony and his cronies make a return to government, it will be interesting to see who takes up the posts relating to architecture.

If John Prescott is sidelined, as some observers have predicted, and the all-powerful ODPM is broken up, where will we find the planning portfolio? One hopes it won't be shoehorned into somewhere it doesn't belong. And as for ministers, there must be the hope that Keith Hill remains with the housing and planning brief - he really does seem to understand architecture. One minister who might be forced out is construction's Nigel Griffiths, defending a very small majority in his Edinburgh constituency.

Not many tears would be shed - there is a lot of cynicism at how effective he's been since taking over from the ever-popular Nick Raynsford.

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