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Building regulations minister caught in Telegraph sting

The Liberal Democrat minister with responsibility for building regulations has raised questions over David Cameron’s “sincerity”, The Telegraph has revealed.

Andrew Stunell, a minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, is one of several Liberal Democrats quoted today raising questions over whether the Conservatives can be trusted.

The quotes come from secret recordings of conversations with undercover Telegraph reporters.

Mr Stunell told the undercover reporters: “I don’t know where I put him [the Prime Minister] on the sincerity monitor. He’s, umm, he’s certainly a very skilled operator. He’s worked his way through the Tory system and he’s, is he sincere? I do not know how to answer that question.”

The minister also said he did not feel “comfortable” about breaking his party’s pre-election pledge to scrap tuition fees, but that the coalition government would have been “over” if the Liberal Democrats had not backed the proposed increase.

Mr Stunell was a key figure in the formation of the coalition government and attended the talks with the Conservatives immediately after the election.

He said the coalition agreement was treated as a sacred document “like the Bible or the Koran or something” because “neither of us can afford to let the other get away with anything”.

His control over building regulations led to Mr Stunell being ranked fourth in Construction News’ Carbon 21 power list of the people with the most influence over low carbon construction and 37th in Construction News’ Future 50 people with the greatest influence over the industry as a whole.

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