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The sound of silence

Remember when David Cameron accidently left his daughter in a pub?

He was supposed to be having a quiet Sunday lunch with his family but it all went pear-shaped after a bit of a mix-up.

All’s well that ends well, anyway. Their daughter Nancy had wandered off to the loos and when the couple were arranging a lift they realised she wasn’t there. before the PM rushed back and they were safely reunited.

Why I am telling you this?

Ok, so it wasn’t on the same scale.

And we weren’t in the pub.

But we forgot something yesterday…

Who was left pining for their CN briefing?

Apologies, after a busy day of bringing you exclusives (and our news editor deciding he ‘deserved’ a few days off), we realised at 6.15pm that we were briefing-less. It won’t happen again, readers*.

On to news – we’ve had a couple of corkers in the last two days.

We reveal the government could be taken to court by Green Deal providers left high and dry after its surprise decision to axe the scheme.

Plus, we gave you the latest on the government’s £3.5bn PRS housing guarantee scheme and revealed that Delph Property Group has begun a five-year investment drive to pile £500m into its PRS stock.

Construction News’ features editor, Daniel Kemp, spoke to Severfield chief executive Ian Lawson the day that pesky US Embassy story broke.

It’s been a testing few months for the CEO, who has faced difficulties on some high-profile jobs, including steel bolt failures on the Cheesegrater.

But Construction News finds out, Mr Lawson isn’t afraid of a challenge or two.

Daniel meet the Severfield leader on a factory visit in Yorkshire to find out what’s next for the firm and is left with a pretty strong impression:

Severfield is not all about failed bolts on the Cheesegrater: it’s a firm with a proud heritage that’s been involved in most mega-projects you’d care to think of. And that’s the legacy that Mr Lawson wants to leave.

For the full exclusive interview, including a possible European expansion, take a look here.

And by the way, thanks for all the positive CN Briefing feedback. If you haven’t told us what you think and have a minute, drop us a line (details below).


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