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Tottenham MP denies bias towards Spurs in new stadium row

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities, Development

Tottenham MP denies bias towards Spurs in new stadium row Tottenham MP denies bias towards Spurs in new stadium row

Tottenham's MP David Lammy has been slammed by some of his constituents who are convinced he has been representing the interests of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club over other considerations.

Spurs are now able to crack on with the development of their new stadium following the Department for Communities and Local Government's decision on Friday to issue a compulsory purchase order to force a metalwork business to move elsewhere.

But opponents of the new stadium believe that Lammy failed to represent them when he chased DCLG ministers in parliament over the length of time it took for the CPO decision to go through.

Campaigners the Bruce Grove Regeneration Group, Tottenham Business Group, and Haringey Defend Council Housing are disgruntled that Lammy told the DCLG it was taking far too long to come to a decision.

Defending his pestering of the DCLG, committed Spurs fan Lammy said that it was in the interests of everyone in Tottenham to know "what is or is not happening".

However, Martin Ball, a member of the Bruce Grove Regeneration Group, told the Haringey Independent: “We know David Lammy isn’t an honest broker and impartial in the decisions being made about the developments along the Tottenham High Road.

“We know he favours the Spurs plan and is on record as saying he wants the stadium built as soon as possible.

"He is a cheerleader for the bulldozers set to create that fans’ walkway, and has tweeted a photograph of the progress with the redevelopment of the area taken from a window in the club’s boardroom.

“Our MP might be jubilantly waving his Spurs scarf above his head now the go-ahead has been given, but he has to show respect for the rights of businesses to not be bullied into selling up."

A delighted Lammy took to Twitter following last Friday's DCLG decision to grant the CPO, writing: "Pleased that the New Tottenham Hotspur stadium scheme has finally been given the green light :)”

Lammy recently suggested that DCLG chief Eric Pickles was an Arsenal fan as an explanation for the amount of time it was taking the minister to decide on the CPO.

Granting the CPO last week, Pickles revealed that his hesitancy was based on concerns that the development would not deliver enough affordable housing to the area.

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