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Margaret Hodge replaced by Barbara Follett as architecture minister

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Margaret Hodge has left her role as architecture minister due to her husband’s ill-health.

Barbara Follett, MP for Stevenage, has taken over, moving from her role as Under Secretary of State at the Government Equalities Office.

Hodge, who took up the position from David Lammy in July 2007, has been a controversial figure in the architecture world due to her negative stance towards Modernist buildings.

It is understood that Hodge hopes to return to government in spring next year, but it has yet to be decided in what capacity.

Catherine Croft, director of the Twentieth Century Society, said she wished the best for Hodge, but welcomed the change.

‘[Hodge] has been an outspoken opponent of listing 20th-century buildings, especially post-war buildings,’ said Croft.

‘Her departure is probably a good thing for the preservation of the 20th century’s stock. Hopefully, Follett will stay in office and be able to see through the Heritage Protection Bill.’

Follett, a self-confessed ‘Trekkie’ (lover of sci-fi show Star Trek) and a former art student, claims to be fascinated by the work of Johannes Itten, a colour theorist who taught at the Bauhaus.

Croft told the AJ: ‘This is one piece of evidence that suggests [Follett] could be better informed when it comes to Modernism.’

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