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Chair of planning APPG to stand down as MP

Words: Laura Edgar
Mark Prisk to step down as MP / iStock-1132625382

MP Mark Prisk has announced that he will not be standing for re-election at the next general election.

The Conservative MP for Hertford and Stortford has chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Housing and Planning since the RTPI became its secretariat in March this year.  

In a letter to the chairman of his local Conservative Association, Prisk said the decision not to seek re-election is a personal one and “is not in reaction to Brexit”.

While he believes it is time to move on to next phase of his life and career, he lamented “the wider decline in public discourse and the rise of narrow ideology over pragmatic, common sense”.

He will continue as an MP until Parliament is dissolved for a general election.

RTPI president Ian Tant told The Planner: “The RTPI is saddened to hear that Mark will not be standing at the next general election. Mark served as Minister of State for Housing and Local Government 2012 - 2013 and has been a great champion of the role of communities in the planning process.

“Mark spoke at the RTPI’s Planning Convention in June 2019 and we are particularly grateful for his support and leadership on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Planning, for which the RTPI acts as secretariat.

“We are grateful for his contribution to planning and wish him well for the future.”

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