Politics latest: Chancellor declares herself a 'YIMBY' as she vows planning 'revolution' - and bites back at Truss claim (2024)

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We've had quite a busy morning to kick off the first full week of the new Labour government.

If you're just tucking into your lunchtime sandwich, here's a quick and easy round-up for you to enjoy alongside it:

  • Rachel Reeves has delivered her first major speech as chancellor, pledging a "planning revolution" to boost housebuilding and allowing new on-shore wind projects as part of her plan to deliver "sustained economic growth";
  • She told Sky's economics and data editor Ed Conway there was "no time to waste" when it comes to delivery, and she also bit back at Liz Truss's claim Labour were part of an "anti-growth coalition";
  • Ms Reeves also touted her status as a "YIMBY" (yes in my backyard), as she backed investment by the private sector to help build more homes.
  • Sir Keir Starmer is continuing his UK tour today, following up on yesterday's Scotland visit with Wales and Northern Ireland;
  • He's also made a bunch more ministerial appointments, including his former shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds as a Foreign Office minister - while the paymaster general role likely earmarked for Jonathan Ashworth has gone to Nick Thomas-Symonds;
  • The prime minister has also turned his attention to foreign policy, vowing to improve upon Boris Johnson's "botched" Brexit deal and condemning Russia's latest attack in Ukraine.
  • Also today, the Tory party's board will meet this afternoon to discuss the leadership contest;
  • The exact timing and manner of the race remains uncertain, with some advocating for a longer contest;
  • It could leave Rishi Sunak in post as Tory leader for several months.

That's all for now - don't miss today's Politics At Jack And Sam's podcast and check back from 7pm forPolitics Hub With Sophy Ridge.


Thornberry 'sorry and surprised' not to be appointed to cabinet

One of the surprises of the early cabinet appointments was that Emily Thornberry, who served as shadow attorney general from November 2021 until the election, was not given the official role in government.

She has not been appointed to any government role in fact - and doesn't sound too happy about it.

Citing work on policies to prevent fraud, support whistleblowers on workplace sexual harassment, and protect women, she said she was "very sorry and surprised not to be able to continue that work in government".

'I served longer than anyone else'

Her statement referenced her "unbroken" eight-and-a-half years in the shadow cabinet, under both Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer, which she says was a "longer record of service than anyone else in that time".

She said she's "always worked my hardest" to keep the party united, support its candidates, and "take the fight to the Tories".

Ms Thornberry said she would still offer "unstinting loyalty" to Sir Keir and his government, which could "change our country for the better".

His chosen attorney general, Richard Hermer, "will do an outstanding job", she added.


Starmer: 'We can get a better deal' with EU than Johnson's 'botched' one

The new PM spoke to journalists a little earlier while on a visit to Northern Ireland, and he was asked about relations with the EU.

Sir Keir Starmer said his government wants to "improve relations".

He continued: "We think we can get a better deal than the botched deal Boris Johnston brought home, and we will work on that, understanding the work that needs to be done and the nature of the challenge."

But he acknowledged his government would first have to "demonstrate a commitment to the relationship and the agreements that have already been put in place" by the Tories.


PM condemns 'depraved' Russian attack

At least seven people have been killed and others are injured after a daylight Russian missile attack on Kyiv this morning, according to local authorities.

Ukraine's air force reported that Russian forces launched multiple ballistic and cruise missiles at Ukraine earlier, with explosions heard and felt across the capital.

Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said a children's medical centre had been hit, andVoloydmyr Zelenskyy's chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, accused Russia in a post to social media of "deliberately targeting" children.

Russia claims it does not target civilians.

Nonetheless, the prime minister has condemned Russia's attack.

Sir Keir Starmer wrote on X: "Attacking innocent children. The most depraved of actions.

"We stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression - our support won’t falter."

See the latest on the conflict in our dedicated live coverage here:


That concludes the chancellor's speech

Rachel Reeves has concluded her first major speech as chancellor.

She announced some immediate steps to unblock the planning system, and also set out the timeframe for delivering manifesto commitments (see the key points from her speech here).

Stay tuned for the latest political news as the new government gets to work - and read our full report on the chancellor's announcements here:


Will the people of Yorkshire get HS2 or not?

The chancellor is asked if the people of Yorkshire will get HS2 or not?

HS2 is a high-speed railway that's supposed to transform public transport between London, the Midlands and the North.

The previous government decided to axe the northern leg of the project, which has been plagued in disappointment, delays and spiralling costs.

Rachel Reeves says she will "not make any promises without saying where the money is going to come from".


Do you agree with Truss that there is an 'anti-growth coalition'?

Next, the chancellor is asked about some previous comments by the former prime minister - and now former MP - Liz Truss.

She famously coined the phrase "anti-growth coalition" when putting forward her economic plans, and Rachel Reeves is asked if she shares the belief that such a coalition exists, and what she will do about it.

The chancellor replies: "The anti-growth coalition are the Conservative Party, and the British people kicked them out of office last week."

She is also asked if there will be mandatory targets for social housing and energy official, and she replies that they will be set out by the deputy PM and the energy secretary in due course.

But Ms Reeves adds that they want to achieve clean power by 2030 and become a "clean energy superpower".

"We don't want to be using more energy than we need, and that includes in our homes," she adds.


Date for autumn budget will be confirmed before summer recess, says chancellor

A reporter from The Telegraph questions the chancellor on the existing housing stock and how she will encourage older homeowners to downsize.

She also asks if her budget will be given in September or November.

Rachel Reeves starts by saying more homes are going to be built, so people can downsize, with supply currently an issue.

Answering the reporter's budget question, she says she will "do things properly" and will wait for the Office of Budget Responsibility to produce its forecast.

While she doesn't give an exact answer, she does say the date of her budget will be confirmed before summer recess.


When will people see economic growth?

Sky's economics and data editorEd Conway is up now, and asks the chancellor to be more specific on when people should expect to see growth in the economy.

Rachel Reeves says there is "no time to waste" on implementing measures.

"We want to get going," she says, adding that people have voted for change and the government is "getting on with the delivery".

However, she notes that she will not be able to "turn things around overnight", saying the government faces a "dire inheritance".

"These are the first steps that we will take to bring that growth back to the economy," she adds.

"I mean business with getting on with the work that's needed to unlock that growth."

She says she will be holding a budget later in the year.


Government 'will take interventionist approach' to housebuilding - chancellor

Rachel Reeves is next asked by the BBC if she considers herself to be a "YIMBY" (yes in my back yard), and if she is relying too much on the private sector to deliver investment in housing.

The chancellor replies: "Yes, I do support development, and I think as a constituency MP, I have done just that."

In terms of the private sector, she says: "We need the private sector to build homes. We're not going to be in the business of building those homes directly - we need the construction sector, the housebuilding sector to build those homes."

Today's announcements, she said, will mean some housing that has been "stalled" will "now go forward", and they will review other sites too.

But Ms Reeves adds: "This is not a green light for any type of housing."

They will "take an interventionist approach to make sure that we've got the housing mix that our country needs".

Politics latest: Chancellor declares herself a 'YIMBY' as she vows planning 'revolution' - and bites back at Truss claim (2024)


Politics latest: Chancellor declares herself a 'YIMBY' as she vows planning 'revolution' - and bites back at Truss claim? ›

Chancellor Rachel Reeves has delivered her first major speech in the role, pledging a "planning revolution" to help speed up housebuilding.

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The Rt Hon Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer became Prime Minister on 5 July 2024. He was elected as the member for Holborn and St Pancras in May 2015. He was elected leader of the Labour Party in April 2020.

Who is the new prime minister of Britain? ›

LONDON — British Prime Minister Keir Starmer has avoided triumphalism in the days after his crushing electoral victory. Instead, he said the challenge of fixing this wounded country would be a daunting one — with any successes gradual and hard-won.

What party is Keir Starmer? ›

Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB KC (⫽ˈkɪər⫽ KEER; born 2 September 1962) is a British politician and barrister who has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2024 and as Leader of the Labour Party since 2020. He previously served as Leader of the Opposition from 2020 to 2024.

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Shri Narendra Modi was sworn-in as India's Prime Minister for the third time on 9th June 2024, following another decisive victory in the 2024 Parliamentary elections. This victory marked the third consecutive term for Shri Modi, further solidifying his leadership.

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Starmer is an atheist, but has said that he "does believe in faith", and its power to bring people together.

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Notable lengths
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Government of the United Kingdom
His Majesty's Government
StateUnited Kingdom
LeaderPrime Minister (Rishi Sunak)
Appointed byMonarch of the United Kingdom (Charles III)
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