Opinion: From our Readers - Tory frontbencher: no U-turn on HIPs

The Association of Home Information Pack Providers is perfectly entitled to hire whomever it wants to further its ends (News, 26 June). But paying Quintus 'to shift Conservative opposition' to Home Information Packs (HIPs) will not be one of its most successful commissions.

HIPs are an expensive and unnecessary burden on the housing market. A Conservative government will scrap the legal requirement to have one in order to sell your home. We have always opposed this unpopular red tape and it is important that the housing industry knows our plans for change. Political parties have a duty to listen and engage. But there is a broader lesson here for the public affairs industry: last-minute attempts to 'change the manifesto' and expect a U-turn on a party's established and consistent policies are unlikely to succeed.

Grant Shapps MP, shadow minister for housing

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