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Hilary Benn MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, commenting on reports that Lib Dem and Conservative MPs are likely to rebel against the Government's plans to relax planning laws, said:

"This likely rebellion over planning laws shows that the Government is so weak and divided, that it can't even agree on how to build conservatories.

"This ill-conceived scheme to allow unregulated and potentially unsightly development without scrutiny is anti-localist and will sow discord between neighbours.

"If they really wanted to give an immediate lift to the construction sector they would take Labour's advice and cut the rate of VAT on home improvements and repairs, creating 100,000 jobs and helping both homeowners and builders."

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