Mansfield MP Ben Bradley says 'it's a shame' to see Newark's Robert Jenrick leave government amid claims he carried can for botched planning reform
Robert Jenrick's fellow MP Ben Bradley has told the Advertiser that it's a shame to see him leave government.
While the Lib Dems claim the Newark and Bingham Member of Parliament has carried the can for the government's "dreadful planning reforms."
Mr Jenrick lost his job as Secretary-of-State for Housing, Communities and Local Government in a Cabinet reshuffle this afternoon.
Mansfield MP Ben Bradley, who is also the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: "Rob has done an excellent job in government during an incredibly difficult period, and Nottinghamshire has seen significant support during his time there.
"It's a shame to see him leave government, but I have no doubt he will be equally diligent and capable at whatever he chooses to do next.
"He is very highly regarded by colleagues, particularly those of us here in Notts who know him well, and I look forward to continuing to work with him."
Reacting to the news, Newark Liberal Democrats parliamentary spokesperson David Watts, who has stood against Mr Jenrick three times, said: “Not long ago Robert was being touted by the Tories as a future PM, now the PM has booted him out of his job.
"Robert is clearly carrying the can for the dreadful planning reforms that the government have tried to ram through, which would take away peoples right to even comment about planning applications next door to them.
"The whole government supported this reform.
"Robert may have got the blame but the whole government are at fault.
"We can only hope that the new Secretary-of-State will no longer proceed with such a blatant attack on democracy.”
Dr Caroline Johnson, Conservative MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, and a friend of Mr Jenrick, declined to comment on the reshuffle when prompted to by the Advertiser.
Mr Jenrick has been approached for comment.