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British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, gives a speech during a UK general election campaign visit at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London on April 27, 2015.

Election podcast special: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 12:30

The general election campaign has entered the final stretch and each day between now and polling day, we’ll be producing a short lunchtime podcast looking at the day’s campaign developments.… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, delivers a speech on International Development to invited guests at The Almeida Theatre on April 26, 2015 in London.

Campaign kick-off: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 9:04

With just under two weeks to go until polling day, the promises, threats and reassurances will kick up a notch as we enter the final stretch of the campaign. The… Continue reading

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Forever blowing bubbles...

Osborne and Miliband compete to see who has the worst housing policy

5 April 2015 9:49

So who is talking more nonsense about the housing market: George Osborne or Ed Miliband? From today’s newspapers, it’s hard to tell. The problem: the era of low interest rates… Continue reading

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Repossessions Continue To Increase Due To Economic Downturn

Suburban legends: Why London’s property boom seems set to help Labour win seats

3 March 2015 13:02

Economists have for some time spoken of a ‘great inversion’ of London, whereby property price hikes in inner London, often linked to gentrification, has made suburbia comparatively more affordable. These… Continue reading

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Immigration threatens to overshadow Tory housing week

2 March 2015 8:42

It’s supposed to be the Tory housing week, with David Cameron setting out plans to double the number of discounted starter homes to 200,000. It’s an important, salient issue to… Continue reading

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A bold idea that might just help the Tories win a majority

12 February 2015 12:11

Iain Duncan Smith has come up with a bold idea that might just enable the Tories to break out of the inch by inch, trench warfare of current British politics.… Continue reading

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House Prices Hit New High In The UK

A radical plan to ease Britain’s housing shortage – double the population of London

15 December 2014 13:55

Roger Scruton writes in today’s Daily Telegraph, a sentence that in itself fills me with a sense of Wa – harmony, order. He writes: ‘Whether or not our political class… Continue reading

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Why both the Tories and Labour now want a fight on the economy

14 December 2014 10:01

Tomorrow, in a sign of how keen the Tories are to keep the political debate focused on it, both David Cameron and George Osborne will give speeches on the economy.… Continue reading

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My generation can’t afford to buy a house in London; so what?

28 October 2014 18:58

The UK Land Registry today released its latest report on house prises, showing the ticket-cost of an average home in England and Wales down 2.2 per cent to £177,299 in… Continue reading

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Tory planning changes ‘perverse’ and creating ‘unbalanced development’ warns Cable

7 October 2014 18:14

One of the most striking things about the Lib Dem conference is not that the party has decided to be mean about the Tories in a mildly obsessive and weird… Continue reading

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Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Visits Riverlight Development

Tories to offer discounted homes to first-time buyers

27 September 2014 14:16

The Tories have begun to roll out their conference offer to voters. Today, they’ve announced that if re-elected, first time buyers under 40 will be offered properties to buy at… Continue reading

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Housebuilding is up: is that good news?

21 August 2014 18:55

Good news on housing: this government is building more homes. New figures from the Communities and Local Government department show housing starts in the second quarter of 2014 increased by… Continue reading

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An aerial view of housing in London. Image: Getty

Labour’s action on housing doesn’t match its rhetoric

18 August 2014 12:58

On the face of it, it’s a simple equation. In the north-London borough of Islington, there are almost 9,000 people on the housing waiting list. The area needs more homes.… Continue reading

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Reshuffle 2014: where is the radicalism?

17 July 2014 16:46

One of the more dispiriting things about this reshuffle has been the way in which important policy areas appear to have been downgraded. This week’s leading article in The Spectator… Continue reading

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We need to lift the cap on councils’ borrowing so they can help solve Britain’s housing crisis

3 July 2014 10:55

With Britain’s housing crisis worsening by the day, and Londoners facing a housing catastrophe, we urgently need to maximise the construction of new homes. It is crucial that this includes… Continue reading

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Why Owen Jones is wrong on housing

1 July 2014 11:00

Columnists like the Guardian’s Owen Jones have perpetuated a myth that harms rather than eases access to truly affordable homes for the impoverished on whose behalf they campaign. Taken in… Continue reading

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Generation Y: A jilted generation, or just a bunch of whingers?

19 June 2014 16:50

Generation Y – are they really a jilted generation, or do they have absolutely no reason to be complaining about their lot? This was the question posed at Tuesday night’s… Continue reading

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The legacy of the Wolfson Prize could be development by consent and not by diktat

4 June 2014 13:38

The Wolfson Economics Prize has unveiled its shortlist today of plans for a new garden city that is both economically viable and popular. There are five shortlisted entrants, listed below,… Continue reading

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Government Housing Plans Threaten Greenfield Sites

This government is solving Britain’s homes crisis

29 May 2014 14:39

An Englishman’s home is his castle. And today, record numbers of people are living that adage thanks to Help to Buy; a scheme that is reviving house-building after decades of… Continue reading

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UKBA's £13M in adverse legal fees

We need better migration data for an effective immigration policy

16 May 2014 11:56

Britain has a long and proud history of opening its doors to the vulnerable and oppressed; of welcoming workers, students and tourists from across the world. I believe that Britain… Continue reading

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The New Term Begins For Students At Oxford University

How local government is threatening Oxford University’s competitiveness

25 March 2014 10:30

The press love a bit of Oxbridge competition, but Oxford is embroiled in a far older and more ruthless rivalry: town vs. gown. It was in a dispute between the… Continue reading

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Train ticket prices are just one area that the government needs to address.

The Budget must address the cost of living – especially for the young

17 March 2014 11:40

Transport It is ruinous travelling by train these days. Have you tried it? My advice: don’t. Aside from re-nationalising the railways, the Budget could make some gesture of goodwill to… Continue reading

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Alistair Darling Poses Before Leaving To Give His First Budget Speech

What I want in the Budget: penalties for those who miss NHS appointments

16 March 2014 14:25

Every year the Budget comes and goes, amid a flurry of live blogging and urgent blog posts at The Spectator. And almost every year, the papers are full of the… Continue reading

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Gove, Cameron and the myth of ‘state vs private’ schools

10 March 2014 12:51

Will David Cameron send his kids to a state secondary school, as Michael Gove is doing? Today’s papers are following up James Forsyth’s suggestion that Cameron will slum it as… Continue reading

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Houses in Milton Keynes, which Ed Miliband today cited as an example of a successful new town.

Where would Ed Miliband’s first New Town go?

17 February 2014 18:33

Ed Miliband has been singing the praises of New Towns in tonight’s Standard, saying a Labour government would use these developments to help solve London’s housing crisis. He writes: ‘A… Continue reading

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