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Political pen pal

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Others present at the Scottish event included el presidente George Ferguson, who was determined to tell people how hard the venerable institution had been working in the run-up to last week's general election.

Apparently, around 4.5 million people have been exposed to the expanding influence of the RIBA's election manifesto - which was launched in late March, in time for the campaigning - through both national newspaper and television coverage. Ferguson, who will soon be enjoying a flying holiday over the Grand Canyon, also claimed that he intends to write to every elected MP in a bid to urge them to adopt the tenets of the 'golden code', which include making government funding contingent upon good design quality, and introducing stamp-duty relief on the first sale of sustainable homes. He'd better get cracking before his American trip though. There's the small matter of 646 personalised parliamentary missives that will have to be sent out before he takes off on his break.

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