Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to “get tough” with the Nimbys – including his own MPs – if they try to stand in the way of his promise to build 1.5 million new homes.
Sir Keir confirmed the promise in his speech at yesterday’s conference in Liverpool when he said a Labor government would “build Britain back up”.
The Labor leader said this morning he would “get tough on anyone who stood in the way” of new housing being built and argued the nation needed to “get over” Nimbyism.
Asked whether he would crack down on Labor MPs if they tried to block development in their own constituencies, he told Times Radio: “Yes, of course we will and that is always a feature of politics, but we have to overcome that. This has held back housing for the last 13 years. We cannot allow that to continue.
“Obviously we want to work with local communities. So we have proposed that this will be done by bringing local authorities together to ensure that we get the right housing in the right place.
“The problem we have right now is that we are a bit like in the wild west. Properties are hoarded and developers ultimately have the final say on where the houses are. I want that to be done by local communities working together strategically, the right housing they want with the right infrastructure, schools and public services to go with it.
“But we’re going to have to be tough on anyone who stands in the way and that will include Labor MPs saying, ‘I’m on board with the bill, just not here.'”
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