NFB tells politicians to put country before party

Posted On: 
9th June 2017

Responding to the general election results, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) urges all parties to work cooperatively and get on with the job of fixing broken housing policies.

In a surprising turn of events, the general election has returned a hung parliament – where no party has an overall majority in the House of Commons – for the second time in seven years.

The Conservatives have secured 319 seats, down from 330 seats in 2015, while the Labour Party has obtained 261 seats, up from 232 seats in 2015. The SNP failed to match the previous election performance, having kept only 34 seats, while the Liberal Democrats won 12 seats.

Negotiations are now under way to form a new administration with enough support in the House of Commons. Conservatives have reportedly been in contact with the Democratic Unionist Party for a confidence-and-supply arrangement.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) urges all parties to work cooperatively and get on with the job of fixing broken housing policies, reforming public procurement, fostering home-grown talent, and enabling SME builders to grow and flourish.

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the NFB, said: “Now more than ever, political parties must set ideological differences aside and put country before party. Any new government will need to focus on putting SME builders into a better place to build the homes and train the skilled workers the UK needs to succeed, as well as allowing regional economies to prosper.”