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Northern Lights

The establishment of IPPR North a decade ago was a tremendously innovative piece of strategic funding by a group of north east foundations. It was an inspired choice to base it in Newcastle rather than the ‘usual’ Manchester. The UK … Continue reading

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They’re all the same. Oh no they’re not.

There are many of us in the Labour Party who would like the Party to adopt a more vigorous and less timid housing policy. Everyone I meet in the Party agrees that housing should be a key priority for an incoming Labour … Continue reading

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Austerity not so welcome when it hits the rich

Labour has run into a little local difficulty with its Mansion Tax proposal. Perhaps the biggest problem is that, although the proposal is very popular amongst the general public, many of the people affected by it have easy access to … Continue reading

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Investing in housing will help save the NHS

In the third of our special series based on the contributions made to the London Labour Housing Group Conference on 25 October, Environmental Health campaigner and former President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Dr Steve Battersby MBE, looks at the … Continue reading

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Time to abandon the debased language of ‘affordability’?

One of the many powerful contributions to the London Labour Housing Conference on October 25 came from Madeleine Davis of the Peabody Ex-Crown Tenants Campaign. In her speech, she first outlined what happened to the rents of tenants who transferred from … Continue reading

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SHOUT – the very cross-party campaign for social rented housing

Tim Morton of SHOUT spoke at the London Labour Housing Group Conference ’2015 – the Housing Election?’ – in Paddington on Saturday 25 October. This is what he said. Thank you for inviting me today SHOUT is a cross party, … Continue reading

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Packed London LHG Conference hears Labour’s plans

A packed London LHG conference on Saturday heard Labour Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds MP give a comprehensive review of Labour’s developing housing policy following the Lyons Review. Focusing mainly on getting building again, she also emphasised Labour’s plans to … Continue reading

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Lyons does 90% of the job

For housing development nerds the Lyons Housing Commission report, published today, is a cracking read. Commissioned by the Labour Party, and launched by Ed Miliband, it is a serious review of all the problems and challenges facing the Party if … Continue reading

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The dog that never barks – will housing feature in the General Election campaign?

The Party Conference season is over and now there is the long hard slog to the Election. Housing – the dog that never barks in Election campaigns – was much discussed but no-one offered real hope of any transformational policies coming along … Continue reading

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Brandon tells it like it is

This year’s soon-to-be-forgotten Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis, lists his favourite interviewers as Jeremy Paxman on TV and John Humphrys on radio. So that means he is already my polar opposite as I can stand neither of those rather unpleasant, rude, … Continue reading

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