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Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer says serious questions to be answered over Newark MP Robert Jenrick's approval of Tower Hamlets scheme

The leader of the Labour Party has said there are serious questions about the handling of a £1bn property deal involving Newark MP Robert Jenrick, after he admitted acting ‘unlawfully’.

Mr Jenrick, who is also the Secretary of State for Housing, intervened to overrule his planning inspectorate and grant planning permission for a 1,500 home development one day before new rules would have meant the developer had to pay an extra £30 to £50m for local infrastructure.

When the case was taken to court by Tower Hamlets council, the Government admitted the timing of the decision “would lead the fair-minded and informed observer to conclude there was a real possibility (Robert Jenrick) was biased.”

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