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Jane Duncan reflects on ‘state of uncertainty’ posed by hung parliament

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RIBA president Jane Duncan has reacted to the ’state of uncertainty’ facing the profession, after the UK woke up to a hung parliament this morning

As a result of the loss of 13 Conservative seats and the surprise gain of 29 Labour seats, the general election has resulted with no party having a clear majority.

Reacting to the news, RIBA president Jane Duncan has acknowledged that the profession is in a ’state of uncertainty’, and has outlined the RIBA’s priorities for the next UK government. 

’UK architecture has an almost unrivalled worldwide reputation and that position must be maintained,’ said Duncan.

’The RIBA, on behalf of our members, will be looking to the next UK Government for certainty on our priority concerns such as ensuring the rights of non-UK EU citizens in order that the sector can continue to thrive.’

Duncan added: ’The quality of our built environment must be a priority for the UK government and parliament.’ 

With the election result far from prime minister Theresa May’s hopes of increasing the Conservative majority when she called the snap election in May, the party is now looking to form a coalition with the DUP.

However, this would still result in a slim majority - a world away from May’s ambitions for a ‘strong and stable’ government. 

Duncan added that RIBA and its members ’will continue our work with the next UK Government to ensure that the communities in which we live, work and play reflect the needs and ambitions of people across the country.’

May is expected to meet with the Queen at 12.30pm today to confirm that a deal with the DUP is in place, and to seek permission to form a new coalition government. 

RIBA President Jane Duncan 

’Clearly we are in a state of uncertainty, so at this stage I would like to reflect briefly on the election campaign and our priorities for the next UK Government:

’Throughout the election campaign it was clear that the main political parties were responding as much on quality of life issues as they were on Brexit. The built environment has a crucial impact on the quality of all our lives. This is why the RIBA’s Building Global Britain manifesto made recommendations to tackle the housing crisis through quality homes, support for the development of a better school estate, and further devolution of planning powers. The quality of our built environment must be a priority for the UK government and parliament.

’UK architecture has an almost unrivalled worldwide reputation and that position must be maintained. The RIBA, on behalf of our members, will be looking to the next UK Government for certainty on our priority concerns such as ensuring the rights of non-UK EU citizens in order that the sector can continue to thrive.

‘The RIBA, with the support of our members, will continue our work with the next UK Government to ensure that the communities in which we live, work and play reflect the needs and ambitions of people across the country.’

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