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The late comedian Kenneth Horne, master of the double entendre, used to tell a joke about a town in London's commuter belt with a somewhat unfortunate name: "How to get rid of unsightly Staines – blow up the bridge and burn the cinema!"

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More new homes must be built to tackle "the country's burgeoning housing crisis", a new report has said.

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Housing crisis causes surge in sheds with beds

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Amol Rajan: We are on the verge of a great migration from cities

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Lord Heseltine predicted low turnouts for today's elections

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Lord Heseltine said yesterday he was braced for low turn-outs in ten referendums today on creating a new wave of elected city mayors as he admitted there was very little interest in the issue among the public.

Construction sector growth slows

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Feel at home: house-swapping in The Holiday, starring Cameron Diaz

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A view of housing and the Olympic Stadium in Newham, east London

Poor families to be sent out of London in housing crisis

London's housing crisis is about to "burst wide open" according to experts, who say the actions of the Olympic borough of Newham, which tried to rehouse 500 of its poorest families hundreds of miles away in Stoke, is just the beginning.

A view of housing and the Olympic Stadium in Newham, east London

Plans to house London's poor in Stoke attacked as 'social cleansing'

Do efforts to move families out of London prove the benefit cap hurts the poorest most – or are critics 'playing politics'?

£80m London punt by Redrow chief

Wolverhampton Wanderers' owner, Steve Morgan, who also controls the housebuilder Redrow, took an £80m punt on the London property market yesterday.

Owen Jones: Dark days for those who rent

I already knew that Britain was in the throes of an escalating housing crisis, but, on the move for the first time in two-and-a-half years and, having been protected from soaring rents by a benevolent landlord, I was in for an unwelcome meeting with reality. Looking for a modest two-bedroom place in London's Zone 2 – with a housemate who, appropriately enough, works for a housing charity – I found that a standard monthly individual rent was £800, even £900.

DVD: Acts of Godfrey (15)

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