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Jowell calls for constituency MPs to back architecture

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Embattled culture secretary Tessa Jowell has demanded that her fellow MPs promote architecture in their constituency.

Jowell, whose political career appears to be teetering on the brink following allegations her lawyer husband accepted a bribe from Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, said she was behind a CABE campaign to force MPs to become more focused on design.

The new CABE campaign is calling on MPs to:

nominate good developments for national design awards;

ensure design quality is on the agenda for new schools and hospitals; and

encourage councillors to use the resources available from CABE.

Jowell, who was speaking at the launch of this year's Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award last night, said: 'Design matters. By showing what good design can do, we aim to raise design standards across the construction industry.

'Tonight marks the call for entries for the 2006 award. I greatly look forward to seeing the winning project later this year,' she added.

The Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award forms the culmination of the British Construction Industry Awards. For further information, visit www.betterpublicbuilding.org.uk

by Ed Dorrell

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