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Conservative arsonist Gove promises bucket to deal with the housing conflagration

Posted on: 15th February 2024

If the Conservatives were genuinely concerned about the housing emergency they’d have taken action a decade ago. That’s what Liberal Democrat candidate, former MP, housing professional and campaigner, Andrew George, said on the eve of an anticipated visit by Housing secretary Michael Gove to Cornwall. “He no doubt hopes no one will notice he’s the […]

Political column – 27th Sept 2023

Posted on: 25th September 2023

Tackling the housing emergency For too long, the UK planning system has been fuelled by greed, not by need. The core of its failure has been handing responsibility for the delivery of the homes we need to speculators primarily interested in filling their boots. That’s why I’m pleased that, at it’s recent conference, the Liberal […]

Blog 1st Sept

Posted on: 2nd September 2023

Weekly blog • Incredible news that India has landed a spacecraft near the south pole of the moon. Wonderful news that our own local Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) played a pivotal role enabling it. Cornwall may not itself have joined the space race. But GES and its 50 staff are playing a critical role on […]

Stop the developers’ charter – set targets to meet housing need; not developers’ greed

Posted on: 24th July 2023

The government should stop the developers’ charter – and instead set targets to meet housing need, not developers’ greedI’ve long proposed that local authorities should be required to set targets to meet need, rather than simply housebuilding targets.Cornwall is a classic example which demonstrates that setting very high housebuilding targets has massively failed. Cornwall has […]

More death-throes of a zombie government…

Posted on: 18th July 2023

This week’s column • This week’s announcement of a scaled-down new-build of West Cornwall Hospital’s Outpatient Dept. is of course welcome. Though the building is unlikely to win awards for beauty nor enhancing the aspects of the hospital, it will be welcomed by both staff and patients as a better replacement for a long out-of-date […]

New holiday let rules? – Late, pale, but welcome

Posted on: 13th April 2023

  “This is a welcome move in the right direction. But it’s still a long way short of what’s needed. “The Conservatives were finally shamed into promising they’d do something about the appalling housing injustice created by the proliferation of second homes and holiday lets way back in 2018. Though they keep promising, nothing happens. […]

Safe staffing is for patient safety and to restore staff morale, not for Conservatives to attack nurses

Posted on: 5th January 2023

Without a hint of irony Conservative Ministers now declare themselves devotees of mandatory safe staffing levels in our hospitals. But only as a tool to attack staff who are striking largely because of the lack of safe staffing. When I led a parliamentary campaign for safe NHS staffing, Conservative Ministers bluntly rejected it. If we […]

Come together to save our NHS

Posted on: 2nd January 2023

All Parties should come together to secure the long-term future of our NHS and care services. I’m calling on those fellow politicians who truly care about what’s happening to our NHS and care services to join community leaders, health and care professionals to agree a way forward. We cannot carry on like this. Hundreds needlessly […]

First homes First would solve housing emergency

Posted on: 15th December 2022

If money for second homes went to first homes instead we’d have all but solved Cornwall’s housing problems   The Conservatives have handed more than £385 million in tax subsidies to second homers in Cornwall in the last decade. If that had been granted for the delivery of first homes for locals instead there’d be […]

Good sign of campaign success on second homes

Posted on: 7th December 2022

Fellow housing justice campaigners and I can celebrate a campaign success – a boost for those who have been fighting to put first homes before second homes. It’s taken decades and won’t happen for another two years – but the prospects of success look encouraging. The proliferation of second homes, holiday lets and Airbnbs have come […]