The recent reshuffle made by David Cameron had one big change for our industry; namely the loss of Grant Shapps as housing minister and in his place Mark Prisk.
Prisk, a chartered surveyor by trade and a past employee of Knight Frank should hopefully bring some industry knowledge to the job. For all of Shapps' failings, it must be said the industry did enjoy his use of social media, especially twitter. He would release press releases, spin news stories, goad rivals and seemed usually approachable, getting into many conversations (and arguments) with property professionals and subsequently gave a great insight into the work of a housing minister.
So then and just a couple of hours after Prisk' announcement to the job and the shock horror realisation that the new minister was not on twitter, a parody account was soon set up called @ifiwasmarkprisk. Not sure who the culprit is but the account described itself as Absolutely not the new housing minister but if I was......
Unfortunately Prisk has so far not succumbed to a twitter account. What he has done though is set up a blog. Take a look here for his first post, which includes this video of him down at Berkeley's Saffron Square development in Croydon.