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Nick Boles urged to apologise for 'destroying Tory re-election hopes'

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government

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Planning Minister Nick Boles has been told to apologise to a Tory MP for "costing him his seat".

Boles was speaking at a public meeting at Leonard Stanley Village Hall when Tory voter Jolyon Neely approached and told the minister that his planning policies had cost the Conservatives the next election.

Mr Neely demanded that Boles apologised to Neil Carmichael, MP for Stroud, who he insisted would lose his seat in the 2015 general election as a consequence of Boles' actions.

Mr Neely said: “Are you going to apologise to Mr Carmichael and other Conservative MPs across the country that hold marginal seats? I have voted Conservative my whole life but I will not be doing so next year.”

Boles admitted that his planning reforms had created a "huge amount of upset" but would lead to an increased housing supply.

Boles said: “The whole point of the government’s planning policy is for every area to draw up a local plan to ensure that the needs of the local area are met.”

“When communities are left without a local plan that is when the problems arise as there is nothing in place to protect them from unwanted developments.”

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