Prime Minister Tony Blair will this morning inform the cabinet of his resignation before flying to his Sedgefield constituency to make further announcements
Senior industry figures told NCE what they thought of his ten year stint as first secretary of the treasury: ACE chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin summed up Blair's tenure 'Blair's approach sees government as a policy maker content to allow business to implement and build. That's not to say that things are perfect. We still need less government interference in the construction process to avoid delay in delivery, better use of quality based procurement systems and to reduce confusion about the roles of the private and public sector. 'Gordon Brown's challenge will be to sustain the growth the industry has enjoyed under Blair. Threats to that continued growth include the shortage of industry resources and a lack of government investment in the promotion of engineering as a worthwhile career. Two issues that I hope will be high on the new prime minister's construction agenda.' Whitbybird chairman Mark Whitby said, 'For me his biggest legacy is regeneration in the North of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. There has been significant depolarisation of regional and national government and huge regeneration across the UK.' Tube Lines chief executive Terry Morgan said, 'One of Tony Blair's most significant contributions to the construction industry was giving responsibility for maintaining and upgrading the London Underground to the private sector, which means that construction projects on our lines are now being delivered on time and on budget.'