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    This is absolutely staggering. Convenient timing for this to be brushed under the carpet

    The housing secretary unlawfully approved a property development of a billionaire tycoon who once donated to the Conservative Party.

    Robert Jenrick has accepted that he showed “apparent bias” when he gave the green light for Richard Desmond to build 1,500 homes in the Isle of Dogs, east London. The timing of the decision meant that the mogul avoided a £40 million bill over the scheme.

    Mr Jenrick agreed that planning approval should be quashed after the council initiated legal action against him alleging that the timing showed bias. Mr Jenrick rubber-stamped the scheme against the advice of the government’s planning inspector.

    The leader of the local Conservative group resigned over the decision and has called for an investigation.

    Mr Desmond, 68, sold off the Daily Express and Daily Star two years ago. He has an estimated wealth of £2 billion, according to The Sunday Times Rich List. His company behind the development, Northern & Shell, donated £10,000 to the Conservative Party in 2017 and £1 million to Ukip in 2015.

    Mr Jenrick was asked to decide whether to approve the £1 billion plans for Westferry Printworks after Tower Hamlets, the local authority, failed to reach a decision before its legal deadline.

    The government’s planning inspector advised Mr Jenrick against approving the scheme because he said it would damage views of Tower Bridge and did not provide “the maximum reasonable amount of affordable housing”. Mr Jenrick argued that the inspector’s concerns were outweighed by the public benefits of the plans, including the overall provision of housing.

    His decision in January was published the day before Tower Hamlets approved a new rate for its community infrastructure levy, which councils use to help fund infrastructure to support development in their areas. The new rate would have increased the developer’s financial liability by about £40 million, Tower Hamlets said.

    The council initiated legal action against Mr Jenrick in March, alleging that the timing of the decision appeared to show bias. It asked the court to order the government to disclose all correspondence by Mr Jenrick and government officials on the decision, which it argued could show he was influenced by a desire to help the developer save money.

    Faced with the prospect of handing over the correspondence, Mr Jenrick accepted that his decision letter was unlawful as it showed “apparent bias”. In pre-action correspondence, he confirmed that the decision letter was issued on January 14 so that it would be before the new infrastructure levy was adopted.

    He conceded that the timing “would lead the fair-minded and informed observer to conclude that there was a real possibility” that he was “biased” in favour of the developer, according to a High Court consent order. He agreed that the planning application should be redetermined by a different minister.

    Andrew Wood, 51, a Tower Hamlets councillor who resigned as leader of the local Conservative group after Mr Jenrick’s decision, said: “The reasons for the minister’s decision and his correspondence with the developer should be put in the public domain and investigated by the appropriate authorities.”

    A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “While we reject the suggestion that there was any actual bias in the decision, we have agreed that the application will be redetermined.”

    A spokeswoman for Mace Developments, appointed by Northern & Shell to deliver the project, said it was committed to the development “which has huge potential to contribute positively to the local community”.


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    That was atrocious.

    I genuinely hate this man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny View Post
    Had to turn that off. Cannot listen to him spend 5 minutes sounding like a posh version of Adrian Chiles to answer a simple question
    He didn't even answer most of them though, if any. When your opening two words in answer to any question are "Err... Err..." it's pretty fucking obvious you haven't got a clue. Utter fucking moron.
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    FFS, Booz, this high horse you're on lately is bewildering.

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    It will be interesting to see if the polls keep tanking.
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    Family of that young lad killed by the American diplomats wife have begun a private prosecution of Dominic Raab. They're claiming misconduct in a public office and perverting the course of justice over her exit from the country. Raab was Foreign Secretary at the time.

    https://amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/...mpression=true

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    I see Gove was testing his eyesight. Wise considering the rumours about what happens to your eyesight when wanking.
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    Congratulations Jacob Rees Mogg on disenfranchisement of half of the house during a pandemic. Essentially the half that you don’t like. Fucking disgraceful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    Congratulations Jacob Rees Mogg on disenfranchisement of half of the house during a pandemic. Essentially the half that you don’t like. Fucking disgraceful.
    What's he done? (Apart from being JRM and an uncaring, elitist scumbag)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    Congratulations Jacob Rees Mogg on disenfranchisement of half of the house during a pandemic. Essentially the half that you don’t like. Fucking disgraceful.

    I don't understand how he has got away with it, it defies all logic, the cost, the democracy, the health implications, the amount of additional time it will take, yet they are doing it anyway? In his role what he says goes?

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    I don't understand how he has got away with it, it defies all logic, the cost, the democracy, the health implications, the amount of additional time it will take, yet they are doing it anyway? In his role what he says goes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elephant Pyjamas View Post
    I don't understand how he has got away with it, it defies all logic, the cost, the democracy, the health implications, the amount of additional time it will take, yet they are doing it anyway? In his role what he says goes?
    No doubt a warning of being booted out if you go against what Boris wants.

    You now have the daft situation of Scottish MP's having to travel down just to vote and then head straight back. Brilliant, especially as they have a system in place that is working for voting (alhough the Chancellor somehow managed to vote against the Government the other week as he pressed the wrong button)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elephant Pyjamas View Post
    I don't understand how he has got away with it, it defies all logic, the cost, the democracy, the health implications, the amount of additional time it will take, yet they are doing it anyway? In his role what he says goes?
    Nothing to do with him or the persuasiveness of his argument (of which there was none).

    All these new Tory MPs were parachuted in to agree with whatever the Government want to do. They don't believe in anything, they're Brexit drones and about as intelligent and independent as you would imagine. You won't get rebellions and their majority is too big for the few with a conscience to wipe out.
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    Isn't no.4 false?

    Those additional deaths didn't all happen yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MARKakaJIM View Post
    Isn't no.4 false?

    Those additional deaths didn't all happen yesterday.
    Its the way they tried to hide it. Gave the figure of 111 then then total figure which was 450 odd out.

    . Guess they thought being fully open with the figure would terrify people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny View Post
    Its the way they tried to hide it. Gave the figure of 111 then then total figure which was 450 odd out.

    . Guess they thought being fully open with the figure would terrify people.
    They should have announced it, would've been very easy to do without any great alarm by announcing the number for the previous 24 hours and then appending the amendment that was spread across a much greater period.

    Responses to it like those posted above just fan the flames though, making out like it's the worst day for deaths in over a month, trying to link it to the relaxation of lockdown too. There's enough genuine fuck ups to go at without having to misconstrue things to create extra ammunition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MARKakaJIM View Post
    They should have announced it, would've been very easy to do without any great alarm by announcing the number for the previous 24 hours and then appending the amendment that was spread across a much greater period.

    Responses to it like those posted above just fan the flames though, making out like it's the worst day for deaths in over a month, trying to link it to the relaxation of lockdown too. There's enough genuine fuck ups to go at without having to misconstrue things to create extra ammunition.
    I agree, he let himself down with that one.

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    1 out of 52 isn't bad though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elephant Pyjamas View Post
    1 out of 52 isn't bad though.
    3 is poorly worded too, those deaths reported were for the 24 hours previous to the relaxing of lockdown but they were reported the day of the relaxation. Read it in the way that's true and it's not really a story, read it in the controversial way and it's false.
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