Mark Prisk

Prisk was forced to defend the Portas Pilots in July

Portas Pilot minister Mark Prisk was one of a number of heads to roll in the government reshuffle this week.

Housing minister Prisk was closely connected with the Portas Pilots scheme. He also chaired the Future High Streets Forum.

Prisk tweeted: “Been asked to step aside from Housing for a younger generation. Disappointing but it’s been a great eleven years on frontbench.”

In July, Prisk was forced to defend the mixed progress of the Portas Pilots, saying they had never set out to “preserve a historic or stereotype of the high street”.

Keighley MP Kris Hopkin has now joined the Department for Communities and Local Government with a housing brief.

Meanwhile, health minister Anna Soubry, who led Responsibility Deal discussions on food and alcohol, has moved to the Ministry of Defence. Her replacement at the DH is Battersea MP Jane Ellison.

At Defra, farming minister David Heath has been replaced by Dan Rogerson after just a year in the role, and fisheries minister Richard Benyon has been replaced by George Eustice.

Other government moves include Matthew Hancock, taking up the job of skills and enterprise minister and Norman Baker, who has joined the Home Office as minister of state.

Ed Miliband also took the opportunity to reshuffle his shadow cabinet this week, with shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh swapping jobs with shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle.