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August 09, 2013

Eric Pickles on travellers - "Illegal encampments can face an unlimited fine"

April 16, 2013

Debate on the Growth and Infrastructure Bill – including the Government's compromise offer on planning

In the face of backbench disgruntlement, the Government has promised to modify its extend-it-if-you-want-to policy on house-building. The key moment comes 1:22.57 into the video below, when Eric Pickles says that, “I can announce today that in the spirit of consensus, we will bring forward a revised approach on the contentious question of permitted development rights for home extensions when the bill returns to the Lords.” We don't yet know what that “revised approach” will look like, only that it will be written into the Bill by the time it reaches the Lords next week. MPs will then have the chance to vote on it when the Bill returns to the Commons on 23rd April.

In the end, the Government secured the result it wanted. An amendment for allowing individual councils to opt out of the planning reforms was rejected by 286 votes to 259, as the House waits to see next week's revisions. That said, 16 Tory MPs – including Zac Goldsmith – did vote against the Government, as did 10 Liberal Democrats. Anyway, here's the video:

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January 13, 2013

Eric Pickles warns about an "influx" of Romanians and Bulgarians into the UK

September 23, 2012

Eric Pickles says he is "very proud to be a pleb" in difficult interview with Andrew Neil

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May 13, 2012

Eric Pickles: "Government can't create growth, it can create the conditions for growth"

April 11, 2012

Eric Pickles and David Cameron present the Conservative local election broadcast: "We're putting power in your hands"

February 27, 2012

Pickles: The question I'd ask council tax-raising Surrey County Council were I a resident

December 06, 2011

Boris Johnson and Chris Grayling in attendance at the British Curry Awards


August 12, 2011

Eric Pickles MP: The power to evict people from social housing will be enforced with regard to the looters


March 29, 2011

Eric Pickles tells the BBC that new transparency rules are making councils realise they have to justify their spending


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