UK Architecture Minister, Margaret Hodge, Leaves Position

7 October 2008 (Last Updated October 7th, 2008 18:30)

The British Architecture Minister, Margaret Hodge has left her position due to her husband's ill health. She has been replaced by Barbara Follett, the MP for Stevenage, who has moved from her role as under secretary of state at the Government Equalities Office to take up the position.

The British Architecture Minister, Margaret Hodge has left her position due to her husband's ill health.

She has been replaced by Barbara Follett, the MP for Stevenage, who has moved from her role as under secretary of state at the Government Equalities Office to take up the position.

Director of the Twentieth Century Society, Catherine Croft said that she wished Hodge well but welcomed the change as Hodge had been an outspoken opponent of listing 20th-century buildings, especially post-war buildings.

"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," said Croft.

It is believed that Hodge plans to return to government next year, but it is unsure in what capacity this would be.

By Daniel Garrun.