Monday 15 June 2020 / 4:58 PM Steve Reed

Labour Demands Government Publishes Outcome of Cabinet Secretary’s Investigation

Labour has today called on the Cabinet Office to commit to publishing the findings of the investigation by the Cabinet Secretary into Robert Jenrick’s unlawful decision to force through the Westferry Printworks development, which helped billionaire Conservative Party donor Richard Desmond to avoid tens of millions of pounds in tax.


At today’s session of Housing, Communities and Local Government Oral Questions in the House of Commons, Robert Jenrick admitted that documentation relating to this case has been passed to the Cabinet Secretary.


Steve Reed MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:


“It is no wonder Robert Jenrick hid from MPs’ questions last week, because his appearance today has raised more questions than it answered and done nothing to ease concerns over apparent cash-for-favours in the planning process.


“Mr Jenrick has now admitted he knew Mr Desmond faced a £50 million tax bill for local infrastructure like schools and clinics that came into force the day after. 


“He also failed to say whether he formally told Government officials about his dinner date with Richard Desmond before he took the decision.    


“The only disinfectant that can clear the bad smell hanging around this decision is honesty.  Mr Jenrick must immediately publish all correspondence about this case to allow full public scrutiny of what he’s been up to.”