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Thoughts on Last Night’s Meeting with Tower Hamlets Somali Friends of Labour

For me, the Labour Party is the natural home of the Somali community. Last night I had the pleasure of speaking at the launch of the Tower Hamlet’s Somali Friends of Labour. There were great speeches from Amina Ali, Rachel … Continue reading

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Countdown for Housing

In London, no one can be unaware that we are in the midst of a housing crisis. So the Co-operative Housing (Tenure) Bill is timely and welcome. With supply at an all time low, spiralling private sector rents and home … Continue reading

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Putting the Record Straight: Time for the Mayor to Come Clean on Housing Figures

During last week’s Mayor’s Question Time (14 September) Boris Johnson double counted thousands of homes that will be delivered between 2008 and 2015. He claimed: “We are not only on course to achieve 50,000 new affordable homes during this mayoralty, … Continue reading

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Response from Richard Blakeway

Date: 7 September Dear Nicky Thank you for your letter. 54,000 completions refers to the four-year investment round, 2011/15. The GLA has been clear we are referring to this investment round, and this includes existing commitments as well. You will … Continue reading

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Mayor Caught Double Counting the Housing Numbers

Boris Johnson is notoriously light on detail. Whether it’s police numbers, crime stats or now, it seems, affordable housing, facts rarely get in the way of a good story. The national statistics watchdog even took the unusual step of publicly … Continue reading

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Letter to Richard Blakeway, Mayoral Housing Adviser, Regarding Use of Statistics

2 September 2011 Dear Richard I am writing concerning your article on the Guardian professional website, published on 1 September 2011. You claim that, “the mayor is on course to deliver 50,000 affordable homes by April 2012.” You go on … Continue reading

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Letter to the Telegraph regarding impact of the NPPF on the integrity of the Green Belt

  Sir The confusion over Government changes to planning and housing policy is well reflected in your columns. My concern is that we’ll only know the consequences when it’s too late. We all know that nowhere near enough new homes … Continue reading

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