That figure doesn’t include Transport for London’s land – which totals 5,700 acres, equivalent to the size of Camden.
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That is bigger than the size of Surrey. The MOD also holds “rights” to another half a million acres.
Only a thousand acres are being released for housing, despite far more being surplus to requirements.
In the only contest taking place this week the Conservatives gained a seat from the Lib Dems in Cornwall.
It is true that financial pressures will increase. But the scope for reform and innovation remains huge. Services do not need to be cut.
The Conservatives held seats in Fylde, Peterborough and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
The Conservatives gained a seat from UKIP in Thanet and gained a seat from the Lib Dems in Torridge.
The deadline is August 6th. While the role has yet to capture the public’s imagination, it has genuine power.
No celebrity candidates. No non-Tories. Bailey, Boff and Morrissey have all spent years campaigning, knocking on doors, handing out leaflets in the sun and in the rain.
Congratulations to Shaun Bailey, Andrew Boff and Joy Morrissey. The final choice will be made by Conservative members in London.
The Conservatives held a seat in West Lancashire. Labour held seats in Bury, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.
As so often, the US President’s blast was undiplomatic and included errors – but also hit on a fundamental truth.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Lib Dems in Waveney but gained a seat from Labour in Waveney. The Conservatives also lost a seat to an independent in Rutland.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Lib Dems in Bath and North East Somerset. There was also another loss for the Conservatives – to Labour in Lichfield.
The focus is on the choice of candidate. But the first consideration should be what the message should be and how it can be conveyed.