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  • "If there is such a shortage of housing then where do they get built?
    It's all well and good remembering the harm that Thatcher did to this country by starting the rot in selling off the Family Jewels that was social housing. Allowing tenants to buy council houses at knock down reduced prices whilst not forcing councils to reinvest that money was wrong. So was selling off British Petroleum, British Gas, British Steel, British Telecom and many other utility companies.
    It's also good to remember Messrs. Blair and Brown master plan that convinced everybody that they could have the million dollar lifestyle today whist paying for it tomorrow and the next day and the next day...and forever more. So was selling off the majority of the gold reserves when the price was at record lows and squandering a 20 billion pound windfall when the mobile phone network erupted.
    So they've both mucked up big time with the housing market.
    Now we have to deal with the mess.
    The Tories want to change the planning laws allowing developers to build on green belt.
    Where are we going to put hundreds of thousands of new build?
    The south east of England runs out of water at the slightest drought because of increasing over development and population.
    My brother in law moved out of London after 25 years because in his words it is to full.
    When is enough enough. Close the door already. We are full."
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Monmouthshire housing crisis 'due to immigration' - David Davies, MP

Free Press Series: HOUSING CONCERN: David Davies, MP for Monmouth HOUSING CONCERN: David Davies, MP for Monmouth

IMMIGRATION to the UK has caused a shortage of housing in Monmouthshire, Monmouth MP David Davies has claimed.

The Conservative politician said the EU election results showed the majority of people want action on Europe and immigration.

UKIP polled 6,757 votes in Monmouthshire – 1,212 behind the Tories who came top.

But though Monmouthshire’s turnout was the best in Gwent, it was still just 34 per cent.

Mr Davies said he was pleased with the result in the county, which he said was good for the Tories, and said: “It does show the majority of people in Monmouthshire are concerned about Europe and immigration and want to see action taken.

The Argus asked Mr Davies if there was an immigration problem in Monmouthshire.

“There’s no immigration problem in Monmouthshire itself; there is a problem caused by immigration in Monmouthshire and it’s a shortage of housing,” the MP said.

“We’re having to build 400 houses a year over the next ten years because so many people are moving in, and they are moving in because the population of the UK is growing.

Mr Davies said: “politicians in both Labour and Conservative parties who are concerned about immigration should be able to talk about it without being accused of racism, which is the problem I’ve had over the last ten years.

“There is a problem with immigration; it has nothing to do with race,” he added.

Ruth Jones, Labour general election candidate for Monmouth, said the area does need more affordable housing.

She said: “Young people are being priced out of their home county, and they are moving to cities and having to commute.”

She said: “It’s not to address the immigration issue. It’s local people who need housing.”

Meanwhile Nick Ramsay, Tory AM for Monmouth, said: “UKIP voters have sent a powerful message to the bubble political class that they need to wake up to the concerns of real people.

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