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