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Michael Gove: Labour energy policy would ‘give jobs to Russian workers’

Labour’s policy of not granting licenses for viable oil and gas fields in the North Sea would mean the UK “would be reliant on countries like Russia” for energy, Michael Gove has claimed.  The levelling up secretary said that “the Just Stop Oil policy”, which he also called “the Labour policy”,  » Read More

Week-in-Review: Brexit Britain fumbles for direction

Not all of what was said at the National Conservatism Conference this week can or should be subjected to detailed textual analysis — I’m thinking of Conservative MP Miriam Cates’ case against “cultural Marxism” and or Danny Kruger’s exaltation of the “normative family”. But the discussion billed as a cosy “fireside chat” with Michael Gove

Renting shake-up will strike ‘right balance’ between the rights of tenants and rights of communities, minister vows

The long-promised renters’ (reform) bill will be published later today almost three-and-a-half years after the government was elected on a manifesto promising to end “no-fault” evictions. Among the new proposals, no-fault, or Section 21, evictions which currently allow landlords to take back possession from tenants without giving a reason will be scrapped,  » Read More

Labour critical of levelling up clause that allows U-turn

Levelling up secretary Michael Gove led the debate on his department’s levelling up legislation on Wednesday afternoon in which he committed to “strengthening local government and rebalancing our economy”.  Gove highlighted the “absence” of Labour MPs present for the debate compared to Conservative MPs. Shadow secretary Lisa Nandy told the House of Commons that she…

Gove backpedals No 10’s emergency budget hints

The levelling up secretary has contradicted the government’s previous suggestions an emergency budget could be on the horizon. Yesterday afternoon the prim minister suggested that he would be “saying more” about the government’s cost of living response “in the days to come. These comments came after policing minister Kit Malthouse refused to rule out an…

Political Agenda – John Nicolson MP

John Nicolson is the MP for Ochil & South Perthshire and the SNP’s shadow culture secretary. Nicolson is a former journalist, best known in politics for his role on the digital, culture, media and sport committee, often going viral on social media with his tough line of questioning and no-nonsense approach. In this week’s edition…

‘Leaseholders are blameless’ – Gove tells developers to pay for Cladding scandal

The housing secretary Michael Gove has argued that developers should “pay the price” for the cladding scandal, as he set out the government’s plans to fix the crisis in the House of Commons this afternoon. Gove told the Commons “it is morally wrong that they [leaseholders] should be the ones asked to pay the price.”…

Developers to face legal action if they reject £4bn plan to tackle cladding crisis

The Housing secretary Michael Gove will today announce plans to overhaul the government’s previous proposals for tackling the cladding crisis. Following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017 in which 72 people died, recommendations from phase 1 of the Grenfell inquiry has led to major changes in fire safety standards. But the Fire Safety Act 2021…

The impossible property ladder

The property ladder is a metaphor synonymous in the UK for a person’s desire to progress through the various stages of homeownership.  Whether it’s due to a shortage of affordable homes, salaries outstripping house prices, or even the heavier tax burdens facing Britain’s younger generation, making that first step onto the property ladder has arguably…

Trapped: Britain’s cladding crisis

Five years ago, Charlotte Meehan achieved one of life’s big milestones, purchasing the lease on a one-bedroom flat with her partner.  It has since come to light that the flat complex poses serious fire safety issues, ranging from flammable HPL cladding to missing cavity barriers.  Like thousands of others across the UK, Charlotte and her…

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