Prime Minister Gordon Brown – as part of his New Politics / Big Tent relaunch of Labour – has appointed Matthew Taylor, Lib Dem MP for Truro & St Austell, to lead a major independent review of planning and land-use policy in relation to rural and affordable housing.
Lib Dem leader Ming Campbell has been quick to welcome the news:
“Matthew and I have agreed that he should take up this opportunity to review rural housing and business policies. As the MP for a rural constituency with the least affordable rural housing in the country, Matthew has direct experience of the impact that the rural housing crisis is having on local communities.
“I am delighted that Gordon Brown has once again recognised the knowledge and experience that Liberal Democrats have to offer in tackling major policy challenges that the Government has proved unable to solve.”