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RIBA President calls for reassurance and stability from new PM

Our reaction to the announcement of Rishi Sunak as the new leader of the Conservative Party and UK Prime Minister.

24 October 2022

RIBA President Simon Allford said:  

“In these tumultuous times, people and businesses across the country need reassurance and stability – Rishi Sunak must provide this.   

With inflation soaring, energy prices surging, and the housing and climate crises worsening, achieving this will be no mean feat.    

The Government must recognise that in addition to construction being a key driver of growth, buildings are long term assets - critical to our quality of life and wellbeing. Architects and the wider built environment sector stand ready to work with the Government to create a better future for all.   

To do this, the new Government must ensure we have the housing we need; create a well-resourced and efficient planning system; implement a National Retrofit Strategy; and embed a clear and effective building safety regime.    

We will be engaging with the Prime Minister and his Government immediately.”      


Notes to editors    

  1. Media contact:, 020 7307 3763    
  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow us on Twitter for regular RIBA updates. 

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