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Ed Vaizey back as architecture minister

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Ed Vaizey has replaced John Penrose as architecture minister in David Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle

Vaizey, who will take on the responsibility for heritage and archiecture as well as his existing policy areas such as arts, creative industries and museums, will be hoping the appointment lasts longer than his four day stint as architecture minister two years ago.

In May 2010 the Conservative MP took over the position from the controversial Labour figure Margaret Hodge but was subsequently replaced by ex-Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory John Penrose.

Yesterday, Penrose stood down from the his ministerial duties at the Department for Culture, Media & Sports as part of the cabinet reshuffle earlier this week (AJ 04.09.2012).

Vaizey’s return will be widely well welcomed - not least by the RIBA which praised Vaizey’s ‘vast interest in architecture and the built environment’ when he first landed the post.

Ed Vaizey in Olympic protest t-shirt

Minister Ed Vaizey in Olympic protest t-shirt

Recently Vaizey, who was shadow architecture minister for four years, showed off his support for the profession by wearing a T-shirt protesting against the draconian Olympic 2012 marketing ban.

Back in 2010 the 44-year-old MP for Wantage and Didcot told the AJ that he intended to make good his pledge to scrap the ARB (AJ 30.09.10) and transfer part of its role to the RIBA and potentially ‘bring a small annual cost saving to all architects’.


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