Two days ago I posted about Hazel Blears putting a halt on a building project in Reading. I suggested that maybe these posh, inner city flats would be too expensive for the Labour voters she'd like to see living in the two marginal seats Reading has to offer. So it comes as no surprise that Hazel has given the go-ahead to a project to build 1,750 homes on the outskirts of Gloucester. You'll note that in Reading the development was wanted by the council, and local residents. In Gloucester the council, residents and two MPs were against it, including Gloucester's Labour MP Parmjit Dhanda. It's worth noting, however, that Dhanda actually blames her decision on the inspector whose report she followed.
Dhanda's majority in 2005 was 4,271, and the seat only went Labour in 1997 after 27 years of Conservative control. Make of her decision what you will.
Opinium/Observer – CON 40, LAB 43, LDEM 6
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