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Election 2015: This week's top 5 takeaways

As polling draws ever nearer, Construction News rounds up the leading general election stories for the sector this week.

Labour promises one million new homes

The Labour Party unveiled its housing policies, including a pledge to build 200,000 homes a year throughout the next parliament.

Among the party’s other proposals was the scrapping of stamp duty for homes worth less than £300,00 to help first-time buyers.

Farage has his white van man moment

Nigel Farage told Construction News about his “sense of vicarious achievement” when he sees a white van, which he said were the “chariots of the entrepreneur”.

The Ukip leader also repeated his attack on HS2, labelling it a “massive vanity project”.

Electioneering delays hundreds of homes

Around 1,500 new homes have stalled in the planning process in the last two months due to “political positioning” according to Countryside Properties chief executive Ian Sutcliffe.

Former skills minister slams Labour apprentice plans

Former skills minister Matthew Hancock criticised Labour’s plan to scrap Level 2 apprenticeship, calling the proposal “a big mistake”.

In an interview with Construction News, Mr Hancock also refuted the suggestion that the coalition government had sacrificed quality to boost apprentice numbers.

SNP puts HS2 and housing at top of its agenda

SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie told Construction News HS2 should be extended into Scotland “as a priority” and that the party will target the delivery of 100,000 affordable homes per year across the UK.

Mr Hosie also warned against an EU exit for Scotland, saying it would be “massively damaging economically and have major constitutional implications”.

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