The paper suggests that the Conservatives’ recent defeat in the Chesham and Amersham by-election is partly in response.
James MacCleary, leader of the district council in the East Sussex County town of Lewes commented: “Concerns over the government’s attitude to rural areas and the protection of the countryside played a key role in that election. It’s obviously a warning shot for other Conservative seats.”
The article notes that the concentration of proposed new housing in the relatively prosperous south-east of the country, according to official statistics, raises issues for the government’s “levelling-up” programme for the north and midlands.
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