New reports published by the Fees Bureau have suggested that 32% of architects are set to vote for the Conservative party on 6th May, compared to 30% which intend to vote Labour and 27%, Liberal Democrat. If this is compared with previous years – in 2005, 20% of architects intended to vote for the Conservative party as opposed to 12% in 2001 – it appears that the tide is slowly beginning to turn in favour of the Tories.
At a recent Hustings event on the built environment (hosted by RIBA) in Brighton, England, Conservative candidate for Brighton Pavilion Charlotte Vere, spoke in favour of the architectural profession, arguing that planning legislation be localised and reduced, and the current environment be made more pro-business. Simon Burgess, Labour and Co-op candidate for Brighton Kemptown admitted that the public had lost faith in the Labour party during the recession, stating that it is now more difficult to get projects approved by ‘negative planning committees’. He noted that the Labour party needed to concentrate on rebuilding this level of confidence, concentrating on helping small businesses get off the ground. Vere articulated that 13,000 new rules have been instated for small businesses, noting that these must be thoroughly reconsidered before any new regulations are put in place.