Anthony Hilton: Grosvenor’s property patience pays off well – Evening Standard


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Anthony Hilton: Grosvenor’s property patience pays off well
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Anthony Hilton: Grosvenor’s property patience pays off well. Grosvenor represents most of the business activities of the Duke of Westminster’s family(Picture: Chris Young, PA). Anthony Hilton. Published: 29 April 2015. Updated: 13:53, 29 April 2015. If

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Anthony Hilton: Bournemouth shows the funding revolution is hitting its goals – Evening Standard


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Anthony Hilton: Bournemouth shows the funding revolution is hitting its goals. Fairy tale ending: Bournemouth has come back from near extinction to take a place in the Premier League (Picture: Clive Rose, Getty Images). Anthony Hilton. Published: 29

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Dave Hill | The Guardian: Miliband, tenants’ rights and London rents

Are Labour and London’s councils on the right track to improving the capital’s fast-growing private rented sector?

Like it or not, London is becoming more of a private renting city. As home ownership has fallen below 50%, private renting has risen to just over 25% and seems unlikely to stop. Well over two million people in the capital live in its private rented sector (PRS), ranging from mobile young professionals to families in need of long-term homes. What should be done to enhance London’s PRS for the benefit of London as a whole?

Part of the answer has to be London’s councils working to improve landlord standards. A new campaign group called Renters’ Rights London, funded by Trust for London, has named Labour-run Islington, Newham and Hackney the capital’s best among the 18 boroughs where private renters make up at least a quarter of the population. The trio scored well against ten criteria, including bringing in licensing schemes, fining lettings agents that break the law, prosecuting criminal landlords and running phone lines to give renters advice.

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The VPME TRACK OF THE DAY – ACTOR – ‘Feline’

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Without getting all Harry Potter, we’re guessing for Actor to live The Witch Hunt must die. If that means nothing to you, worry not, in essence, what we are prattling on about is the fact that Leeds duo The Witch Hunt, Louisa Osborn, and Chris Mulligan are now collaborating on a new musical project called Actor. This is apparently the alias of Louisa, who is again joined by Chris on production duties and Drummer Ste Anderson.

‘Feline’ initially sounds rather more upbeat than the slightly gothic vibe of The Witch Hunt.  Saying that, it’s still what we’d term dark Alt-pop, which allow Louisa’s powerful beguiling vocals to shine. Actors songs are described as “exaggerated tales of larger-than-life characters personifying experiences of social anxiety, relationship breakdowns and constant migraines” You can catch Louisa and co. at the Live At Leeds festival this Saturday (2/05/2015) at 1pm at the Brudenell Social Club

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Owen Jones: Three-minute election: Can we trust the Tories on tax? – video

The Conservatives have promised to introduce a law banning increases in income tax, VAT or national insurance over the next parliament. Columnists Hugh Muir and Owen Jones discuss whether it’s a good idea to imply that without a law tying their hands, the Tories wouldn’t keep to their promise. Tax pledges normally play well with the public – but will this one make any difference to the polls? Continue reading…