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How housing secretary Robert Jenrick became embroiled in 'highly contentious' property scheme by billionaire Richard Desmond

Independent Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Labour claims plenty of questions remain over 'apparent cash-for-favours in the planning process'. So how did the row unfold?
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Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick British lawyer and Conservative Party politician; Member of Parliament for Newark since 2014

Robert Jenrick to face grilling over approval of Tory donor's £1bn property development

Housing secretary suggests council was deliberately delaying consent for financial gain
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Starmer: Jenrick row a "judgement call" on PM [Video]

Starmer: Jenrick row a "judgement call" on PM

Sir Keir Starmer says the row over Robert Jenrick's involvement in the controversial approval of the Westferry Printworks development is now a "judgement call" on Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The Labour leader insisted the government needed to get to the bottom of the issue before moving on. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Housing Secretary under pressure to resign in planning row [Video]

Housing Secretary under pressure to resign in planning row

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is under increasing pressure to resign amid a row over the controversial approval of the Westferry Printworks development. Mr Jenrick approved the development on the Isle of Dogs in east London, near Canary Wharf just 12 days before the developer, Richard Desmond, made a £12,000 donation to the Conservative party. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Zahawi: Robert Jenrick's actions "not unlawful" [Video]

Zahawi: Robert Jenrick's actions "not unlawful"

Business minister Nadhim Zahawi has defended Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, saying he pulled the planning application for the Westferry Printworks development as soon as there was "a perception of bias". Mr Zahawi said it was vital to "move on" from the row in order to "deliver the housing for those families that need it most". Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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Call for Jenrick to quit in controversy over planning approval for Tory donor [Video]

Call for Jenrick to quit in controversy over planning approval for Tory donor

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick faced calls to resign after documents revealed he was “insistent” a controversial development was agreed before a new levy would cost its Tory donor backer millions.Boris Johnson backed the beleaguered minister with the head of the civil service saying the Prime Minister “considered the matter closed”.But a stash of documents and texts released after pressure from the opposition showed multi-millionaire Tory donor Richard Desmond urged Mr Jenrick to approve the east London development scheme so that “Marxists” did not get “doe for nothing”.

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Richard Desmond Richard Desmond English publisher and businessman

Jenrick to release documents in Westferry Printworks row [Video]

Jenrick to release documents in Westferry Printworks row

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has agreed to release all relevant documents pertaining to his controversial decision to approve the Westferry Printworks property development on the Isle of Dogs in east London - just 12 days before the developer, Richard Desmond, made a £12,000 donation to the Conservative party. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

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