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Newark MP Robert Jenrick insistent Tower Hamlets development should be approved before levy imposed, documents show

Newly-released papers show Newark MP Robert Jenrick was ‘insistent’ a controversial £1bn development in London should be approved before new infrastructure charges came in.

The development, brought by Conservative Party donor and former Daily Express owner Richard Desmond was approved one day before the developer would have had to pay an extra £30 to £50m for local infrastructure.

Some of the documents detailing discussions between Mr Jenrick – who is the Secretary of State for Housing – and Mr Desmond have been released, after pressure from Labour to release all the discussions.

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