Mount Pleasant reaches Parliament – Emily Thornberry quizzes David Cameron at PMQ

Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury) (Lab) today (Wed 29 Jan) quizzed Prime Minister David Cameron on the Mount Pleasant development during today’s Prime Minister’s Questions.

Here is a text of their exchange:

Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury) (Lab):

Mount Pleasant in my constituency is a massive development site that used to belong to Royal Mail, and therefore to all of us. It was sold for an absolute song. Is it not morally right for at least half the site to be used for local people? Independent valuers have said that the developers could build 50% genuinely affordable housing and still make a huge profit. In those circumstances and given the level of local opposition to the current plan to develop the site, would it not be outrageous for the Mayor of London to approve it? How can 12% affordable housing help with the cost of living crisis for Londoners?

The Prime Minister:I am happy to look at the site that the hon. Lady mentioned, but it is important that we allow the Mayor of London to carry out his planning responsibilities. What is important is that, when there are redevelopment opportunities, they are not endlessly blocked, because we need the development, the growth and the housing.

For a full text of today’s debate, go to:



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