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By Samanfur
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This is getting buried in the chaos:
Robert Jenrick Faces Calls To Resign After 'Unlawfully' Approving Tory Donor's £1bn Housing Project

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick is facing calls to resign after he admitted “unlawfully” signing off a 1,500-home development that saved a Tory Party donor millions of pounds.

The £1bn project on the former Westferry Printworks site on London’s Isle of Dogs was approved in January by Jenrick – a last-minute reprieve after the council and then the independent Planning Inspectorate both deciding it should be refused. They had said it lacked enough affordable housing and conflicted with local conservation policy.

But the housing secretary’s decision came just a day before Tower Hamlets Council approved a new rate for its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – a move that would have increased the property owner’s financial liability to the local authority by between £30m and £50m.

That money would have been spent mitigating the impact of the development on the local area, and improving local services. Instead, thanks to Jenrick’s timing, it stayed in the pocket of the developer.

Now Boris Johnson is under pressure to reveal what knowledge, if any, he had of the deal.

The building used to be the Daily Express printworks on the Millwall waterfront. The land is owned by Northern & Shell, which is in turn owned by publishing magnate and former Tory donor Richard Desmond.
By spoonman
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Andy McDandy wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 3:39 pm
Johnson makes Major's tenure look like fucking Shaft!
Maybe it's hindsight and concentrating a bit on something local to myself whilst also a bit distant, but I've long felt that Major wasn't that bad of a PM - he was never going to be one of the greatest in history but I always thought he tried to keep his ship steady despite plenty of its own crew trying to discreetly scuttle it, and he knew come the 97 election that the Tories were on a hiding to nothing & didn't pretend otherwise. Perhaps his best efforts came from the major contribution he made towards the ending of the Troubles in NI (though this might have been sooner had Major not depended on UUP MP votes in the Commons to keep his government going till its last breath) that Blair helped to complete.

Try imagining Johnson being in Major's shoes back in the mid 90's concerning the Northern Irish peace process?!
By Watchman
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The Red Arrow wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 7:44 pm
Ah yes, Richard Desmond, porn baron of this parish. Makes you wonder what else is going on unnoticed, doesn't it?
I believe a reduction in food standards, and aid for farmers
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By Abernathy
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spoonman wrote:
Sat May 30, 2020 2:00 am
Major wasn't that bad of a PM
Sorry, this may lead to more accustations of pointless pedantry, but what's that "of" doing in there ?
By Arrowhead
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The very fact that Grimes was even part of the Institute of Economic Affairs tells you everything you need to know about that squalid little organisation.

Grimes somehow landed a significant number of TV appearances via his IEA association, most recently on Politics Live. I'm actually slightly disappointed he's departed, I was rather hoping he'd soon be grilled live on air for his considered views on, say, econometric testing of Heckscher–Ohlin model theorems - y'know, being a proper economist & all that :roll:

Fully expecting him to be parachuted in to a safe Conservative seat in time for the next GE or so.
By The Red Arrow
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Tory MP in full of shit shocker!
Reverse image search begs to differ. The only "similar images" are people quoting tweeting this very tweet. No points for trying.
By randomelement
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The Member for Salisbury, John Glen, tweeted nothing about Cummings and very little about Corona, now decides to write a 5 tweet thread about the statue.

Including the 3rd one (which I think is shown). It seems speaking to one person is all you need to do.

Later in the day bus driver was racially abused https://www.spirefm.co.uk/news/local-ne ... salisbury/ but he's tweeted nothing further.
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