Localism hero: interview with Commons' communities and local government committee chair Clive Betts

Clive Betts, chair of the Commons’ Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, talks to Rachel Salvidge about the government’s plans to speed up the planning process for fracking and how DEFRA’s 25-Year Environment Plan is not yet on other departments’ radars

Clive Betts
The contrast in the government's energy policies is "absolutely and completely ridiculous" – Clive Betts, chair, Commons' Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

“All governments talk a good localism game until something comes up that they don’t like,” Clive Betts, the Labour MP for Sheffield South East, tells me as we sit in Victoria Tower Gardens between the Palace of Westminster and the Thames.

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