UK Politics

Labour Party: Tories plans will block investment and wreck the recovery - Healey

News   •   Feb 23, 2010 10:30 GMT

John Healey MP, Labour’s Housing and Planning Minister responding to the Tories' planning green paper released today, said:

"David Cameron can dress it up in whatever post-bureaucratic rhetoric he chooses. But when it comes to the crunch, the Tories planning proposals will be about as welcome as a hole in the head to a construction industry wanting greater certainty about its future.

"Put simply, the Tories plans will block investment and wreck the recovery.

"Given the chance to put these shoddy proposals in place, the Tories will put firms out of business, building workers on the dole and the ambitions of many thousands of would-be apprentices on the scrapheap.

"It is also clear from this document that the Tories don’t care about building the affordable homes Britain needs, with councils being given free reign to abandon any such commitments and shatter the dreams and aspirations of young families in need."

On the broader credibility of the Tories planning proposals, John Healey MP said:

"If you were in any doubt about the Tories real priorities, the relative attention they give to dealing with travellers over supporting new sources of renewable energy – nine paragraphs compared with three – tells you all you need to know about how little Cameron’s Conservatives have changed."

John Healey also commented on Tory proposals announced earlier today, attacking the Government for presiding over what they describe as ‘an unfair system of parking fines’.

He added:

"It's typical of the two-faced Tories to be saying one thing while turning a blind eye to what their own councils are up to.

"Figures since the 2005 general election show that Tory flagship authorities such as Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Wandsworth and Hammersmith and Fulham are consistently in the top half-dozen councils making money from parking fees. And outside of London, Tory-led councils such as Brighton and Hove and Birmingham are leading the charge.

"Instead of coming up with half-baked ideas on parking, Caroline Spelman should be clamping down on her own Tory councils."