As the local MP, I'm pleased to stress that the Waterloo area is not just a piece of over-developed real estate but also a thriving community. Members of this community have welcomed the LSE's proposal. Support comes from residents, community groups and the police, from shopkeepers, small businesses and street traders, as well as the large employers on the South Bank.
The London Residuary Body, having effectively had its responsibility for determining the future of the building removed by Government to take account of public interest, is petulantly denigrating the LSE bid in a sorry attempt to reassert its lost authority. I'm confident that the Secretary of State will instead see the new proposal for what it is - good value for money, a way of preserving a historic and listed building for public use and good old-fashioned common sense.
MP for Vauxhall (Lab)
House of Commons
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