Mark Prisk

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Mark Prisk
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Mark Prisk has been the Conservative Party MP for Hertford and Stortford since 2001.[1]

Prisk was minister for business and enterprise at the Department for Business, Information and Skills from May 2010.[2] He was appointed minister for housing in the September 2012 Cabinet reshuffle.[3] but was asked to leave this post in the October 2013 reshuffle.[4] [5]

In the 2015 general election Prisk was re-elected with a majority of 21,509. [6]

Conflict of interest?

Soon after leaving the Cabinet, the ex-housing minister took on an advisory role for Essential Living, a developer and operator of private rental homes in the UK, to provide strategic advice on housing policy.[7] He remains an MP.

Sheffield Forgemasters controversy

Mark Prisk received a letter dated 25 May 2010 from Conservative Party donor Andrew Cook arguing that a proposed £80 million loan to the firm Sheffield Forgemasters should be cancelled. Labour MP Clive Betts argued that there were several letters submitted to the consultation over the loan but the only letters arguing against the loan came from Andrew Cook.[8] Cook wrote to Mark Prisk again on the 9th June arguing that the loan would be "in breach of EU State Aid Regulations".[9]

The loan was cancelled by the government on 17 June 2010. Mark Prisk argued that, "The department did receive an email from Mr Cook's company and whilst it was noted like every other representation, it had no bearing on the decision-making process."[10]

Outside earnings

In 2014 he declared an income of between £15,000 and £20,000 a year from Essential Living. [11]


External Resources


  1. Mr Mark Prisk,, accessed 7 October 2013.
  2. Full list of new cabinet ministers and other government appointments,, 13 May 2010.
  3. mark Prisk is the New Housing Minister, ConservativeHome, 4 September 2012.
  4. Michael Moore axed as Scottish secretary as reshuffle begins, BBC News, 7 October 2013.
  5. Mark Prisk sacked from role as housing minister, 7 October 2013, accessed 19 March 2015
  6. Mark Prisk Express, accessed 18 May 2015
  7. David Singleton Dorrell takes KMPG advisory post Public Affairs News, 25 November 2014, accessed 26 November 2014
  8. BBC News, Tory donor 'lobbied minister' to axe Forgemasters loan, BBC News, 21-July-2010
  9. BBC News, Tory donor 'lobbied minister' to axe Forgemasters loan, BBC News, 21-July-2010
  10. BBC News, Tory donor 'lobbied minister' to axe Forgemasters loan, BBC News, 21-July-2010
  11. Twenty MPs declare more than £100,000 from second jobs The Guardian, 23 October 2014, accessed 19 March 2015
  12. Private Rented Sector APPG,, accessed 16 November 2015