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[Politics] Vote delay reopens Conservative divisions over housing

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A backbench rebellion over the government's housebuilding plans has reopened Conservative divisions over housing targets.

Nearly 50 rebels are backing a plan to ban mandatory targets in England, prompting ministers to delay a vote scheduled for Monday.

The rebels argue government-set targets are excessive and undermine local councils.

But other Tories argue scrapping them would lead to fewer homes being built.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove is expected to meet rebels in an attempt to head off the rebellion, the first of Rishi Sunak's premiership so far.

Downing Street said it remains committed to scale up housebuilding in England overall to 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-63733149

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