Housing minister Mark Prisk, who has responsibility for the high street, has been asked to step down as part of a Cabinet reshuffle.

In a Twitter post the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) minister Prisk revealed he has “been asked to step aside from housing for a younger generation”.

He added: “Disappointing. But it’s been a great eleven years as a frontbencher.”

Prisk has led the implementation of the Mary Portas High Street Review to revive struggling high streets since September last year when he took over from Grant Shapps following a previous cabinet reshuffle.

He co-chaired the Future High Streets Forum, which aimed to develop Portas’ plans to help the high street, alongside former Alliance Boots health and beauty chief executive Alex Gourlay. Gourlay stepped down as co-chair last week after moving to Chicago to taking up a new role with US drugstore Walgreens, Alliance Boots’ merger partner.  

It is not known who will replace Prisk.