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Emma Reynolds shadow housing minister

Watch: Labour outlines proposals for Help to Build scheme Video

The Labour Party has outlined proposals for its Help to Build scheme today, to boost small housebuilders’ access to finance.

Sir John Armitt

Armitt urges contractors to show support for infrastructure plans

Sir John Armitt has urged contractors to rally behind his proposed national infrastructure commission as he turns up the heat on politicians to secure cross-party support.

Sir John Armitt vs George Osborne

Sir John Armitt: HS3 an 'inspired idea' but needs 'real analysis'

UK infrastructure planning requires a more “methodical approach” rather than presenting schemes such as High Speed 3 “without any real background analysis”, according to Sir John Armitt.

Crossrail Tunnel beneath the Thames constructed by TBM Sophia

Battersea and Cambridge to benefit from infrastructure client routemap

The Department for Transport has been advised to use Crossrail as a benchmark for High Speed 2 – just one week after a document setting out collaboration between major infrastructure clients was published.

Matthew Hancock MP

Industry urges new cabinet members to focus on skills

Business and energy minister Matthew Hancock has been urged to brief government leaders on the construction skills crisis after he was given a seat at the cabinet table as part of a major government reshuffle this week.

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Reshuffle: Matthew Hancock takes over Fallon brief Video

Reshuffle latest: Construction minister Michael Fallon is the new defence secretary, with Matthew Hancock taking over his previous role.

Tottenham Hotspur £400m stadium plans given boost

Plans to build a new stadium at Northumberland Park for Tottenham Hotspur have been given a boost after a Compulsory Purchase Order was confirmed by the government.

PRS to 'get easier' for Bovis after 'modest' start

Bovis Homes said it is on track to deliver a batch of 500 private rented sector homes by 2015, as it posted a 54 per cent leap in its legal completions for the six months ended 30 June 2014.

Government agrees £6bn for local Growth Deals

The government has announced £6bn of funding for local infrastructure and housing improvements across England.

Hansford: Role extension provides ‘continuity’ for industry

Chief construction adviser to the government Peter Hansford has said the extension of his role for a further year will provide “continuity” for the construction industry.

Exclusive: Ed Miliband talks to Construction News Video

Labour leader Ed Miliband has told Construction News infrastructure and a skilled workforce are crucial to attract overseas investment at a time when the UK is “about to walk out of the European Union”.

Chief construction adviser role extended to 2015

The government’s chief construction adviser Peter Hansford will have his role extended until November 2015, construction minister Michael Fallon has announced.

Kier tops government spending league table

Kier won more public sector work than any other construction firm in 2012 and 2013, securing an average of nearly £60m a month, according to a new report.

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