Indeed, councils already have the power to do so. So why have only 18 local authorities used it?
Roughly half of all Conservative MPs are now part of it.
I’ve long hoped that the next Tory manifesto would offer an agenda for ensuring Britain can compete in what Digby Jones has rightly called the ‘Asian century’.
There’s no majority in the Commons for a pre-2017 referendum. All the Afriyie amendment can help achieve is to delay and thus endanger the bill.
Also: Reflections on chairing the Tonbridge and Malling primary. And why I like Piers Morgan…and Tony Benn.
We don’t talk about housing in the way we used to. In the 1960s, both the Conservatives and Labour competed on the number of houses they would build.
And over half want a vote before David Cameron’s preferred date of 2017
I’m at loss to know why a university professor with a PhD should be obliged to sit a GCSE in Maths simply to tick a bureaucratic box (which really happened).
“Carpe Diem”, Boris – get London building. Creating streets can be good for London, and good for you.
Money can always be created at a faster pace than real estate
There’s a case for tax incentives for firms to encourage them to pay the Living Wage. But that’s no substitute for focusing tax reductions on the worse-off.
Stephan Shakespeare: Is it Euro-scepticism, or anti-establishment frustration, that is fuelling UKIP?
The voters currently captured by the Party are more concerned about energy prices and immigration than about the EU.
The Felix Fund does invaluable work supporting bomb disposal experts and their families.
Clue: The Conservative contender is a force of nature, and the Lib Dem one a cheeky chappie – and both are social liberals.
The post-2010 Government will need to take major and radical decisions and actions to get the balance of the UK economy right.