PROSPECTIVE Conservative MP
Brenda Porter welcomed Grant Shapps, the Conservative Shadow Housing Minister to
Southport to meet relevant people involved in planning, building and
providing homes in the future for Southport residents. Grant
Shapps who is also MP for Welwyn Hatfield has been Shadow Housing
Minister since June 2007 and together with David Cameron launched
the Conservative Homelessness Foundation in London in 2008. The
Foundation will work with the Conservative Party to develop policies
aimed at eradicating rough sleeping and addressing wider issues of
While covering all the questions of concern to both local residents
and planners Grant Shapps reiterated his opposition to building on
the Green Belt in principle and very much advocated the involvement
of local communities in decision making to meet the individual needs
of their areas.
He raised and answered questions on the concerns of young people and
the availability of housing for them, and the opportunity for them
to get onto the property ladder if they so wished to do so. He
stressed that a Conservative Government would help them which would
include removing stamp duty for first time buyers. He stressed
that planned housing should also financially benefit the area and
that standards and design should automatically be of a high
The diversity of Sefton was highlighted and that needs differed in
some areas, this included Southport, and that those needs should be
addressed accordingly and not dictated by Westminster.
Councillor Brenda Porter confirmed that it is her belief that
appropriate housing was essential to support both family life and a
quality of life for everyone... and I looked forward to inviting the
Shadow Minister for a further visit to tour the town so that he can meet local
residents." She also added:- "Grant Shapps advised many years ago he had had a
girlfriend who lived in the town, so had previously visited Southport.
He told me that he is looking forward to making a further visit in the future and
thanked everyone for taking the time and trouble to meet with him."
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