Government minister Hilary Armstrong sparked a fresh row over Labour's commitment to an urban renaissance last week when she dismissed as 'nonsense' the Urban Task Force's demand for a dedicated urban regeneration minister.
She told an audience of regeneration professionals, including Urban Task Force chairman Lord Rogers, that a single minister 'would get nothing effective done'.
This angered Lord Rogers who has stepped up his calls for a single point of responsibility in government after it sidelined the proposal in last month's Urban White Paper.
'Until we've got someone at that cabinet level [to link policies in these areas] we should keep pushing, 'he said. 'We need more power. '