Rise of the Nimby party: the Tory house-building dilemma

Building more housing is unpopular in many Conservative strongholds but is becoming a key political issue

A row of houses
Rishi Sunak has dropped a promise to build 300,000 houses a year
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Critics have hit out at Rishi Sunak’s decision to abandon house-building targets, citing it as a significant factor in his party’s poor showing in last week’s local elections.

The move has sparked debate over the Conservative Party’s housing policy, which is now emerging as a key political battleground. Former levelling up secretary Simon Clarke believes that Sunak made a “major mistake” in dropping the target to build 300,000 houses in England each year, caving into pressure from rebellious Tory backbenchers.

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