Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Construction minister Lord Prior exits government

Construction minister Lord Prior has left government after less than a year in the role, with fellow peer Lord Henley taking on the brief.

Lord Prior, who took over from Jesse Norman in January, is the third construction minister to leave the post in the past 18 months.

He is leaving government to take up the chairman role at University College London Hospitals. 

Alongside his role as construction minister, Lord Prior was also co-chairman of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) alongside Crossrail boss Andrew Wolstenholme.

His exit comes as the CLC is lobbying government for a sector deal to provide £250m in funding for the industry to invest in research and development.

A CLC spokesman told Construction News: “Lord Prior has been a great supporter of the CLC and we would like to thank him for the work he has done for the sector.” 

His replacement, Lord Henley, was a junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions until June.

He has also previously served as a minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under the coalition government.

The CLC spokesman added: “We look forward to a positive working relationship with Lord Henley.” 

Meanwhile, Brexit minister Baroness Anelay of St Johns is also stepping down, the government announced today.

She will be replaced by Lord Callanan, who moves from his role as under-secretary for aviation and international security.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.