October 21, 2014

After Carlex, the Daily Mail takes an interest in Grant Shapps’ colourful business career

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Mechanised plagiarism and psycho-babble are Grant Shapps’ little earners outside politics

The headquarters of Grant Shapps' publishing empire looks like it needs to be re-housed

Michael Heseltine it isn’t … but ex-Housing Minister and Tory chairman Grant Shapps has a flourishing little publishing business to fall back upon in the event that his political career comes to a grinding halt. Run out of squalid little offices in Enfield, north London, the Shapps family offer codswollop Freudian analysis of dreams and […]

Grant Shapps cuts Wikipedia references to property tycoons’ donations to his private office

The Observer revealed yesterday that the former Housing Minister and new Tory party chairman Grant Shapps deleted Wikipedia references to donations from property interests to his private office. He did so secretly, breaking the online encyclopedia’s code of practice which urges that those changing information in personal entries first identify themselves. The original entry, the […]

Why does Shapps want to regulate park homes, but not leasehold?

Question for Shapps: why is regulation of park homes good, and regulation of leasehold bad?

Housing Minister Grant Shapps is alone in resisting leasehold regulation saying it will add to costs and landlords don’t want it … even though the British Property Federation, which represents the country’s largest landlords, has assured LKP that it favours the move. But why – for the sake of consistency – does this minister feel […]

Shapps grilled on TV, leasehold report and OFT statement on exit fees

Today both Housing Minister Grant Shapps and Siobhan McGrath, the senior barrister who presides over the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal system, face the cameras as part of the Channel Four Dispatches documentary into leasehold. The programme will be shown on August  20. A second Dispatches programme on retirement leasehold is also nearing completition, although it has […]

No regulation, but I may make changes to leasehold, says Shapps

This is not going to be a good week for Housing Minister Grant Shapps

Housing minister Grant Shapps has ruled out statutory regulation of the leasehold sector, but may well introduce measures to improve Leasehold Valuation Tribunals. Furthermore, an announcement on the fraught issue of “exit fees” in the leasehold retirement sector, which are payable when a flat is sold, can be expected soon. These have been the subject […]

Baroness Hanham and Rupert Murdoch: spot the difference

One is parroting the non-policy of Grant Shapps, and the other has never met him or, if he has, asked no favours. Baroness Hanham and Rupert Murdoch By ‘Barrack-room Lawyer’ (As ARHM president Baroness Greengross defined OAP complainers in retirement flats with too much time on their hands) In last Monday’s House of Lords debate, […]

Such a lonely and obstinate Shapps: minister alone against regulation

The body representing the most powerful interests in British property fully supports greater regulation of the leasehold sector – leaving Housing Minister Grant Shapps isolated in blocking regulation. That was the main finding of LKP’s meeting with the British Property Federation’s chief executive Liz Peace and Ian Fletcher, who heads the BPF’s residential division. The […]

London Assembly prepares evidence for leasehold report

The London Assembly report into the woes of leaseholders is shaping up to create a rift with central government, and particularly Housing Minister Grant Schapps. The Assembly is still gathering evidence, but what it has accumulated so far is pretty damning. With more than 90 written detailed written submissions there has never been such a […]