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No criminal investigation to follow from Robert Jenrick, Newark MP and Housing Secretary's, approval for Tower Hamlets development

The Metropolitan Police will not be embarking upon a criminal investigation in relation to a £1bn property deal that was given planning consent by the Newark MP Robert Jenrick in his role as the Secretary of State for Housing.

The Metropolitan Police's Special Enquiry Team has concluded the information provided in an allegation made on May 27 did not meet the threshold for a criminal investigation, meaning there will be no further police action at this time.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. (35464861)
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick. (35464861)

Mr Jenrick overruled his planning inspectorate to 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.

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