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On the final day of its conference, the Conservative Party reiterated its demand for local authorities to have control over the materials and building styles that housebuilders use. Shadow environment spokesman Archie Norman said that there should be more flint in new buildings in East Anglia and more red sandstone in the North-West. The policy was set out in the Tories' mini-manifesto last month when it was slammed by the RIBA as a return to 'the style police'.

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