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Labour councils build more homes than Tory authorities, says report

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Labour-run councils are approving almost 50 per cent more homes than Tory local authorities, according to the Labour Party.

House of Commons Library research, commissioned by the party, shows that completions in Labour councils averaged 2,577 per borough in the seven years between 2010 and 2017.

The total in Conservative authorities was nearly 50 per cent fewer at 1,679, according to the figures.

Labour’s shadow housing secretary, John Healey, said: ‘After seven years of failure the Conservatives have no plan to fix the housing crisis, in which house-building fell to its lowest peacetime rate since the 1920s. From falling home-ownership to rising homelessness, Britain has a desperate housing crisis and needs many more good homes.

‘These new figures show that Labour in power means building more homes for local people.

‘Tory ministers talk about getting Britain building, but their own local councils are lagging behind.’

The party also cited statistics from the Department of Communities and Local Government showing a drop in the total number of new homes built from 142,600 in 2015 to 140,660 in 2016.

Defending his party’s record, housing minister Gavin Barwell cited figures from the NHBC showing a rise in new home registrations during the first quarter of 2017.

The figures show a 17 per cent rise over the same quarter last year, from 36,351 in the first quarter of 2016, to 42,470.

Barwell said: ‘We recently set out a clear plan to build more affordable housing – and the number of housing starts is up by three quarters since 2010.

‘A vote for anyone else at this election risks putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street, propped up by the Lib Dems and the SNP in a coalition of chaos.

‘When Labour last crashed the economy, house-building fell to the lowest peacetime levels since the 1920s. Think about what would happen under Corbyn.’

According to the AJ’s latest general election survey, nearly 35 per cent of those poll said they intended to vote for Labour on 8 June, compared with just 22 per cent for the Conservatives.

The results echo the findings of a similar AJ survey carried out before the 2015 election, which showed Labour at 35 per cent and the Conservatives at 18 per cent, although support for the Tories has edged up since their victory two years ago.

However the biggest shift revealed by the AJ’s poll is a resurgence of support for the Liberal Democrats – 28 per cent of respondents said they would vote for the party, almost trebling its support from readers in 2015. Remarkably, among readers working in small practices, the Lib Dems are now the most popular party, slightly ahead of Labour.

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