John reacts to Chancellor’s nod to his ‘up not out’ campaign in today’s budget

“We’ve simply got to build more homes, whether they’re to rent or to buy, so they’re cheap enough for everyone to afford. I’m delighted my discussions with the chancellor about overhauling our slow, expensive, uncertain and conflict-ridden planning laws have made it into today’s budget. “Building up not out will…

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Telegraph: Sucking up flabby Euro-rights law is not the point of Brexit independence

An article for The Telegraph by SUELLA FERNANDES AND JOHN PENROSE We both voted in different ways in the referendum but, since June 2016, we’ve been united in trying to deliver the referendum decision. Whether you were a ‘remainer’ or a ‘leaver’ before, we’re all democrats above all; and that…

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Independent: John feels announced plans to scrap STVs are simply a “cosmetic renaming of rip-off default tariffs”

British Gas’ parent company Centrica plans to abolish its most common form of tariff – the standard variable tariff – to see off price caps threatened by the Government. SVTs have come under fire for being a costly alternative if customers do not opt for a specific fixed-term deal. On…

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Could MP’s building “up not out” idea tackle the UK’s housing crisis?

Could building upwards – rather than outwards – solve the UK’s continuing housing crisis? That’s what one group of influential housing associations believes. Writing to the Chancellor Philip Hammond, housing associations G15, Placeshapers, Midland Heart, Orbit, and Place for People stated: “We believe that, “build up not out” has the…

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