Real Estate Partner Susan Freeman recently attended the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences where Mishcon de Reya co-hosted two 'Property Shapers' dinners with London Communications Agency. The theme of both dinners “From town hall to Whitehall: will confrontation or collaboration mark the way forward?" proved to be appropriate especially given the current political climate.
Chaired by Estates Gazette Editor, Damian Wild and with support from our sponsors, Essential Living and Inmidtown (Labour Dinner) and Essential Living and Sanctuary Investments (Conservative Dinner) we invited senior politicians including Labour Deputy Mayor for Housing James Murray, Shadow Brexit Minister, Sir Keir Starmer QC MP and former Housing Minister Mark Prisk MP to attend. They were joined by council leaders, property developers and leading opinion makers to discuss the important role of collaboration between the public and private sector in facilitating property development.
Making a pre-dinner address at our Labour Conference Dinner, Sir Keir encouraged regional labour councils and mayors to lead the way. Professor Tony Travers posed the question as to whether the future of Labour is going to be regional, as seemed to be the logical conclusion of Sir Keir Starmer’s comments. London needs specific policy solutions since, as Travers pointed out, London provides 30% of the entire UK tax take but accounts for only 14% of the UK population.
There was an equally stimulating debate at the Conservative Conference Dinner which was also attended by Labour Deputy Mayor for Housing James Murray which caused quite a stir. The shift of emphasis from for sale housing to embrace mixed tenure and build to rent was welcomed and it was generally agreed that we need greater collaboration especially between central and local government and between the public and private sector to meet housing demand.
Please see Labour Conference Dinner and Conservative Conference Dinner for coverage of the Property Shapers policy dinners and some of the issues discussed as reported by Estates Gazette Editor Damian Wild.
For Susan Freeman's blogs on the conferences, please see Labour Conference and Conservative Conference.