June 03, 2020
Boris Johnson is facing questions over what he knew about a Tory donor’s controversial £1bn east London development that his housing secretary “unlawfully” signed off – after it emerged the PM waved through a version of the same scheme four years ago when he was mayor of London.
Boris Johnson Dragged Into Firing Line Over Tory Donors Controversial £1bn Housing Deal
Cabinet minister Robert Jenrick has received fierce criticism after approving the 1,500-home development at the former Westferry Printworks site on London’s Isle of Dogs in January, despite the scheme being rejected by the local council and then the independent Planning Inspectorate.
The secretary of state’s intervention came just a day before Tower Hamlets Council approved a new rate for its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – a move that would have increased the property owner’s financial liability to the authority by between £30m and £50m.
The building used to be the Daily Express printworks on the Millwall waterfront and sits on land owned by Northern & Shell, a company in turn owned by media mogul Richard Desmond, a former Tory party donor.
HuffPost UK reported this week that police are “assessing” an allegation about Jenrick’s decision.
Last month, Jenrick conceded his decision was “unlawful by reason of apparent bias” and confirmed his approval was deliberately issued before the new CIL policy could be adopted. The move meant Jenrick was able to avoid publishing correspondence relating to the application in open court as part of a judicial review of his decision triggered by Tower Hamlets Council. His planning permission has been quashed and is to be decided by a different minister.
But now the Labour Party has raised questions over how much the prime minister knew about Jenrick’s decision – and highlighted how Johnson approved a smaller, subsequently withdrawn version of the same scheme in 2016 when he was mayor of London.
The party has tabled a series of written parliamentary questions on whether meetings were held between the PM and his advisers and Jenrick’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
And Johnson’s awareness of the scheme was raised in parliament on Wednesday. At prime minister’s questions, Labour MP Judith Cummins asked: “The communities secretary has admitted unlawfully overruling his own planning inspector to allow the Westferry development to go ahead, potentially saving the developer, Richard Desmond, who is a Conservative party donor, £40m in tax.
“The Secretary of State did so just weeks after sitting next to the developer at a Tory fundraising dinner.
“Given that this was the same scheme that the prime minister tried to push through when he was mayor of London and which reappeared after he entered Downing Street, will he now tell the House what conversations he has had with the secretary of state about the scheme?
“Will he publish all relevant correspondence between No.10 and the department?”
Johnson replied: “I am happy to tell her that I have had no conversations on that matter whatever, nor any exchanges of any kind.”
Steve Reed, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, said: “Robert Jenrick took the extraordinary step of admitting his approval of this planning decision was unlawful – a decision that has now prompted a Metropolitan Police review. 
“There are concerns he did this to avoid publishing the real reasons for his decision in open court. Boris Johnson tried to help the same developer with the same scheme when he was mayor of London so the public need to know there was no undue influence from No.10 to do favours for a wealthy Tory donor.  
“Robert Jenrick must come to the House of Commons, explain the reasons for his unlawful decision and agree to publish all correspondence. We can’t allow a situation in the planning process where there’s one rule for the Conservatives and another rule for everyone else.”
In an interview last week, Jenrick said the application was decided “on its merits” and done “without any actual bias”.
He added: “But clearly the way that the process was run gave rise to some concerns and so that’s why we’ve chosen to quash the decision.”
MHCLG said last week: “While we reject the suggestion that there was any actual bias in the decision, we have agreed that the application will be redetermined.”Related... Met Police Called In After Jenrick Approves Tory Donor's £1bn Housing Plan Robert Jenrick Faces Calls To Resign After 'Unlawfully' Approving Tory Donor's £1bn Housing Project Call For Police To Investigate Robert Jenrick After £30m Planning Favour For Tory Donor
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Johnny Depp begs Amber Heard to cut him in disturbing audio recording | Page Six Celebrity News
July 11, 2020
2Z-IY1mrFgA
Who is Ryan Seacrest dating next? | Page Six Celebrity News
July 09, 2020
qx32TwANLc0
The ‘Glee’ curse: Is Naya Rivera the latest victim in show’s tragic history? | Page Six News
July 09, 2020
ktZKEmY-oEo
'Honey Boy' Director Al'ma Harel Explains How 'Bombay Beach' Introduced Her to Shia LaBeouf
July 11, 2020
TW9HOfgdnxo
How To Craft A Skeksi From The 'Dark Crystal' Creature Creators
July 11, 2020
Ixto3tj6eVE
'The Baby-Sitter's Club' Star Momona Tamada Reveals Her Similarities to Her Character Claudia Kishi
July 10, 2020
3_crGuAKcKQ
Naya Rivera Dead at Age 33 | E! News
July 13, 2020
H__dUfO0zNM
"Sports Illustrated Swimsuit" Cover Revealed | E! News
July 13, 2020
RTnrAPbd1wA
YouTube Stars Joey Graceffa & Daniel Preda Break Up | E! News
July 13, 2020
BNGpa0XVWJc
Activist Bakari Sellers Says Black Doctors Saved Wife After Childbirth | TMZ
July 13, 2020
Ok0CS4BkHoo
TikTok Hype House's Thomas Petrou Will Migrate if App Shuts Down | TMZ
July 12, 2020
uiOmUNQuuLE
Matt Lauer Dines with Mystery Woman Before Yachting on 'Resilient' | TMZ
July 11, 2020
d8NA7ePSjbU
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
13
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Southampton
13
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Granada CF - Real Madrid
13
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Torino
13
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Alaves - Getafe
13
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Villarreal - Real Sociedad
12
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Arsenal
12
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - AC Milan
12
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Mallorca
12
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Bournemouth - Leicester City
12
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Bologna
12
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Fiorentina - Verona
12
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Cagliari - Lecce
12
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Sampdoria
12
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Leganes - Valencia
11
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Sheffield United - Chelsea
11
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Brighton - Manchester City
11
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Real Betis
11
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Atalanta
11
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Burnley
11
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Barcelona
11
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Brescia - Roma
10
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Alaves
09
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Aston Villa - Manchester United
09
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Inter Milan
09
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Bournemouth - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Brighton - Liverpool
08
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Espanyol
08
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Parma
08
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Newcastle United
08
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Napoli
07
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Juventus
07
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Celta Vigo - Atletico Madrid
07
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Leicester City
07
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Chelsea
06
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Everton
05
Jul
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Roma
05
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Southampton - Manchester City
05
Jul
SPAIN: La Liga
Villarreal - Barcelona
05
Jul
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Aston Villa
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
-g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k iwWHibhssSo kQr0XHPbICM
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.