Published: 12th Oct 2020

Robert Jenrick has rejected calls from the Labour Party for an investigation into how his Newark constituency was awarded £25m, as part of the government’s Towns Fund. Appearing on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday yesterday (11 October), the housing secretary said the calls were just ‘a distraction tactic by the Labour Party’ and added ‘there really is nothing to see here’. ‘Ministers don’t make decisions about their own constituencies, that’s a long-standing position,’ added Mr Jenrick. ‘They’re done by other ministers in the departments.’ The government first announced the £3.6bn Towns Fund in July 2019 and in September last year, it published the list of 100 places that would be invited to develop proposals for the Fund. However, the selection process for those 100 towns was questioned by opposition MPs and later examined by the National Audit Office (NAO), which published a report into the matter in July. Last month, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)