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Harold Macmillan Built Our House

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2015 | (11:12)

Harold Macmillan built our house, on the instructions of Winston Churchill. It was 1951, there was a housing shortage and the 1950 Conservative party conference had committed to target of 300,000 homes a year. Their manifesto, in opposition, began "Housing is the first of the Social Services......"

Macmillan was a...

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Cumbria's Housing Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2012 | (11:28)

The Cumbrian Housing Strategy was launched yesterday. 70 Cumbrian movers, shakers, politicians, builders and social landlords all discussing our counties housing crisis.
Our crisis is not unique, although our County certainly is!

Can there be anywhere else in the UK with such extremes of beauty alongside poverty and...

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Police Authorities - Problem or Solution?

(1) Comments | Posted 16 August 2011 | (18:17)

Last week, we saw what politicisation of the police looks like, and it was hardly a pretty sight!

We saw an undignified battle between the Home Secretary and Police Chiefs, in which each claimed to be in charge. We'd better get used to it, next May England and Wales will...

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How Will These Images Affect Next May's Elections for Police Commissioners?

(1) Comments | Posted 9 August 2011 | (15:48)

In just 38 weeks England and Wales will be going to polls to elect Police Commissioners. The 3 main parties are currently choosing their candidates and preparing manifestos. What effect will last night's images have on this election? Will any elector be able to forget the images of burning shops...

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We Will be Creating Ghettos of Failure

(23) Comments | Posted 23 July 2011 | (00:00)

Grant Shapps is a nice chap! Personable, likeable and emollient - I've seen him walk on stage in front of a hostile conference crowd and spread calm like honey on morning toast. He's very much a man of the future in the Tory party and is being encouraged into the...

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