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Donald Trump said Thursday during a town hall in Miami that he only posts about conspiracy theories on his Twitter because he wants people to be able to decide for themselves if it’s true or not.

He suggested that his tweets and retweets are not promotions of those conspiracies.

Trump reposted a conspiracy earlier this week that the Navy SEAL team who took down Osama bin Laden actually killed his body double so the team was then killed by the Obama administration.

‘That was a retweet. That was an opinion of somebody. And that was a retweet,’ Trump said when he was questioned about the tweet during his town hall with NBC News Thursday evening.

‘I’ll put it out there. People can decide for themselves. I won’t take a position,’ the president continued.

Town hall moderator, NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie, who started off the evening by interrogating the president on a variety of topics, pushed Trump on his claim that his retweets don’t take a stance.

‘I don’t get that, you’re the president,’ Guthrie pressed. ‘You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.’

Donald Trump said Thursday during his town hall that he retweets conspiracy theories because wants people to decide for themselves if it's true or not – suggesting that him tweeting the claims is not taking a stance on the matter

Donald Trump said Thursday during his town hall that he retweets conspiracy theories because wants people to decide for themselves if it’s true or not – suggesting that him tweeting the claims is not taking a stance on the matter

Moderator Savannah Guthrie pushed back on that claim: 'I don't get that, you're the president. You're not like someone's crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever'

Moderator Savannah Guthrie pushed back on that claim: ‘I don’t get that, you’re the president. You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever’

Trump was asked about reposting a tweet that claimed the SEAL team that took down Osama bin Laden actually killed his body double – and that subsequently the Obama White House killed the SEALs to cover it up

Trump was asked about reposting a tweet that claimed the SEAL team that took down Osama bin Laden actually killed his body double – and that subsequently the Obama White House killed the SEALs to cover it up 

‘That was a retweet,’ Trump insisted. ‘And I do a lot of retweets. And frankly, because the media is so fake, and so corrupt, if I didn’t have social media – I don’t call it Twitter, I call it social media – I wouldn’t be able to get the word out.’

The president was also questioned on another conspiracy theory, QAnon, before voters were given a chance to ask Trump their questions.

‘I wanted to ask you about QAnon – it is this theory that Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring, and you are the savior of that. Now can you just, once and for all, state that that is completely not true. So disavow QAnon in its entirety,’ Guthrie prompted in a contentious exchange with the president.

‘I know nothing about QAnon. I know very little,’ Trump claimed.

‘I just told you,’ she pressed.

‘You told me, but what you tell me doesn’t necessarily make it fact – I hate to say that,’ Trump pushed back. ‘I know nothing about it. I know they are very much against pedophilia, they fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it.’

The QAnon conspiracy about SEAL Team Six claims that Osama bin Laden is still alive

The QAnon conspiracy about SEAL Team Six claims that Osama bin Laden is still alive

Guthrie tried another approach by inciting remarks from Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska – who in the past has clashed with Trump.

‘Republican Senator Ben Sasse said quote QAnon is nuts and real leaders call conspiracy theories, conspiracy theories,’ she said.

‘He may be right,’ Trump concede.

‘Why not just say it’s crazy and not true?’ she asked of the QAnon conspiracy theory.

‘Can I be honest, he may be right. I just don’t know about QAnon,’ he repeated.

‘You do know,’ she claimed.

‘I don’t know. You tell me all about it,’ he said. ‘Let’s waste the whole show. You started off with White Supremacy, I denounce it. You start off with something else. Let’s go, keep asking me these questions.’

‘But let me just tell you, what I do hear about it is they are very strongly against pedophilia. And I agree with that. I mean, I do agree with that and I agree with it strongly,’ he said.

Trump participated in a dueling town hall Thursday as Democratic nominee Joe Biden joined ABC News in Pennsylvania for his own at the same time. 

The in-person town halls were scheduled after the debate, which was supposed to happen Thursday in Miami, was canceled after the president refused to participate after it was switched to a virtual format. 

The debate was reformatted after Trump tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.  

The questions over conspiracies, and Trump’s refusal to denounce them, came after he reposted a tweet questioning the validity of whether SEAL Team Six actually killed Osama bin Laden. 

The former Navy SEAL famed for shooting dead bin Laden, Robert O'Neill (pictured), hit out at the QAnon theory. O'Neill was the person to shoot bin Laden three times in the head during a top-secret May 2011 raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan

The former Navy SEAL famed for shooting dead bin Laden, Robert O’Neill (pictured), hit out at the QAnon theory. O’Neill was the person to shoot bin Laden three times in the head during a top-secret May 2011 raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan

The former Navy SEAL who shot bin Laden dead hit out at the QAnon conspiracy theory pushed by Trump on his Twitter that claims Biden had SEAL Team Six killed after the raid.

Robert O’Neill, 44, appeared with Chris Cuomo on CNN on Wednesday night to voice his disgust that the ‘highest-ranking person in the country’ would be ‘trampling on the graves of some of the best heroes’ by claiming the team had not killed Bin Laden.  

The online theory has suggested that O’Neill only killed a body double of bin Laden in the 2011 raid and that the Obama and Biden administration were implicated in the killing of the mission’s team to cover it up.  

It also claims that bin Laden is still alive.   

The idea was formed by QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory centered on the baseless belief that Trump is secretly fighting enemies in the ‘deep state’ and a child sex trafficking ring run by satanic pedophiles and cannibals. 

Yet this week, the idea became more mainstream as Trump himself retweeted posts and a video promoting the conspiracy about bin Laden’s death.  

O’Neill, who is vocal about his conservative leanings, blasted the president as Cuomo questioned him on how it felt to see the rumors circulating, stating that this was ‘bigger than a retweet’. 

‘I want to say that every man is alive [who was on that mission],’ he told Cuomo, pushing back against suggestions the team had made a mistake with bin Laden’s DNA and that they hand flown the body of the double into the mountains to hide the mistake. 

He also laughed off claims that Hillary Clinton had ordered a missile to strike down SEAL team Six when the mistake was realized.  

‘We went in there, we kissed our kids goodbye, and we were expecting death but we were willing to do it because of what had happened on 9/11,’ he said. 

‘To see this on the internet now is due to politics and its an insult to the real people. 

‘It’s a shame we’ve gotten there because of politics,’ he added.  

He said that SEAL Team Six had taken many pictures from the night of the raid with bin Laden’s body and that they had waited until they were absolutely certain it was him following the DNA test. 

‘This is comical, if you know the truth, then you are fine,’ he added. ‘If there is a time to release the photos, it is now.

‘I’ve been getting texts from other guys on the mission saying, ‘I didn’t know we were dead, did you? What did you do in there?” 

O'Neill is a Trump fan but hit out at the president over his retweets of the claims

O’Neill is a Trump fan but hit out at the president over his retweets of the claims

The former Navy SEAL has said that he was the one to shoot bin Laden during the raid

The former Navy SEAL has said that he was the one to shoot bin Laden during the raid

Cuomo asked O’Neill about his politics, stating that he knows he is ‘not a Biden fan’ but asking how it felt for Trump to be the person sharing the theories.  

‘It’s one thing for a wacko to be a conspiracy theorist and to claim this but to be retweeted by the highest-ranking person in the country,’ O’Neill said of his disappointment.  

‘Biden or Trump, I’m an American.’  

O’Neill also mentioned how he had been using his Twitter account throughout Wednesday to poke fun at the claims despite his anger.     

He joked that he must have killed ‘Osama bin Johnson’ before taking a more serious tune in refuting the claims that the mission team were killed.   

‘Every SEAL from the UBL Mission is alive while you are reading this,’ O’Neill wrote. 

On Tuesday, he also paid tribute to Obama, who was president at the time of the raid. 

‘Very brave men said goodbye to their kids to go kill Osama bin Laden. We were given the order by President Obama. It was not a body double. Thank you Mr. President. Happy birthday @USNavy,’ he said. 

O'Neill reposted this tweet which he hit back at, stating that the entire team are still alive

O’Neill reposted this tweet which he hit back at, stating that the entire team are still alive 

He later joked about the theories again, sharing a picture of himself enjoying a drink on a lounge chair as he wrote: ‘The right: OMG, you killed a body double. Me:’

O’Neill even slapped back at an account that questioned him stating: ‘I know who I killed, homie. Every time.’

Trump retweeted the views on Tuesday from a QAnon account which has since been suspended. 

‘Hiden Biden and Obama may have had Seal Team 6 killed! EXPLOSIVE: CIA Whistleblower Exposes Biden’s Alleged Role with the Deaths of Seal Team- Claims to have Documented Proof. RETWEET!!!’ the tweet read, according to Newsweek

The next day he tweeted a video that claims without evidence that ‘three former CIA Directors involved in keeping bin Laden alive in Iran, moved him from Iran to Pakistan for Obama’s trophy kill’. 

O'Neill joked about the claims that he only shot a body double of bin Laden

O’Neill joked about the claims that he only shot a body double of bin Laden 

Trump has previously slammed Biden over his alleged reluctance over the raid

Trump has previously slammed Biden over his alleged reluctance over the raid 

The theory claims that the Obama and Biden administration had SEAL Team Six killed

The theory claims that the Obama and Biden administration had SEAL Team Six killed 

Bin Laden was killed in a 2011 raid by SEAL Team Six on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan as part of a mission ordered by Obama. 

Trump has hit out at his rival Biden, claiming that the former VP had pushed back against the raid in talks with Obama. 

‘No one has been more wrong, more often than Biden. He voted FOR the Iraq War, he supported the defense sequester that gutted our military, he opposed the mission to take out Osama bin Laden, he opposed killing Soleimani, he oversaw the rise of ISIS, and he cheered the rise of China as a ‘positive development’ for America and the world,’ he wrote in September. 

‘If it were up to Joe, bin Laden and Soleimani would still be alive, ISIS would be still on the rampage, and China would now be the dominant power in the world – not America.’

Biden was reported to have been skeptical of the raid. 

O’Neill served in the Navy since 1995. 

He was the person to shoot bin Laden three times in the head during a top-secret May 2011 raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  

The Intercept states he was forced from the team shortly after the raid after it was discovered that he was openly bragging about being the man to shoot Bin Laden as he frequented Virginia Beach bars. 

O’Neill also took part in the 2009 rescue of the captain of a merchant ship taken hostage by Somali pirates. The mission was later the subject of a Tom Hanks movie named ‘Captain Phillips’. 

He recently hit headlines again after being banned from Delta for tweetig a pictured of himself not wearing a mask on a flight despite the rules implemented due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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How POSH is your nosh? From your marmalade brand to your loaf, what you eat still defines your class

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SOCIAL HISTORY

SCOFF  

by Pen Vogler (Atlantic £20, 480 pp)

How do you pick up your peas from the plate? I ask because the humble little legume turns out to be the ultimate challenge when it comes to polite eating, the Mount Everest of etiquette.

Debrett’s, the bible of good manners, is firm on the matter. ‘It may be necessary to use mashed potato to make peas stick to the fork, but it is incorrect to turn the fork over and scoop.’

The notion of using a spoon — clearly the most practical tool for the job — or the underside of the fork is anathema, leaving polite folk prodding away with their forks, one pea per tine, or squashing lots of them on to the back of their fork, then seeing the whole dollop drop on to the table en route to the mouth. Ridiculous.

Pen Vogler explores the conventions surrounding food and its relationship to our social class in her new book Scoff (file image)

Pen Vogler explores the conventions surrounding food and its relationship to our social class in her new book Scoff (file image) 

But here is just one of a myriad conventions that turn eating into a minefield of social embarrassment —highlighted in a new book by food historian Pen Vogler.

What and how we eat, what we call our meals — tea, dinner, supper? — and where we take them — at a table, in front of the telly? — are indicators of where we stand (or, better still, sit) in the social order.

Food and class are inextricably mixed as much today in the supposedly democratic 21st century as they were when medieval barons dined ‘above the salt’, putting the lower orders in their place.

Vogler calls her book Scoff, which sums up her thesis because the word has two dictionary meanings. One is to eat food, the other ‘to speak to someone in a scornfully derisive or mocking way’ (OED). With every mouthful, we are identifying our own aloof position on the social ladder while looking down on others.

Food, then, is much more than mere sustenance. It’s a marker and a weapon. As the 19th-century French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin pithily put it, you are what you eat.

In the ever-flourishing British class system, shopping baskets are an open recipe book, revealing who we are. Typhoo or Earl Grey, Kingsmill or sourdough, stir-fry or Pot Noodle, battery or free-range, Golden Shred or Oxford Marmalade, salad cream or mayonnaise? Your preference points to where you come from and where you’re going (or think you’re going).

And what is U and non-U, to use Nancy Mitford’s damning definition, changes with such speed and irrationality that it is all too easy to be caught out, left behind, ridiculed.

Today’s crushed avocado cult may yet backfire — excised from the must-have shopping list because of its impact on the environment — and you don’t want to be caught with guacamole on your face.

Victorian invention the fish knife, has been branded unacceptable by etiquette experts despite being elegant (file image)

Victorian invention the fish knife, has been branded unacceptable by etiquette experts despite being elegant (file image)

Take the fish knife, a Victorian invention, with its unique curvature and elaborate decoration.

Now, it is to be found in unsold bundles in antique shops or tucked away at the back of cutlery drawers, but never, darling, never, to be seen on a dining room table. Perish the thought.

It’s decades since John Betjeman cast them into the outer darkness with his sneering ‘Phone for the fish knives, Norman’ in How To Get On In Society, a poem about social climbing in which he also ridiculed the dear old doily and the serviette.

A few years ago, Tatler magazine decreed that the once-shunned ‘pardon’ was now socially acceptable again, but there was no such reprieve for the fish knife. ‘Fish knives,’ it ordained, ‘will never be fine.’

Though why remains a mystery. As Vogler points out, they are not only elegant and pretty but perfectly shaped for the job of pulling the delicate flesh of fish away from the bones.

Once upon a time it was de rigueur to have different cutlery for different purposes. Posh Victorians had forks for everything — terrapin, lobster, snail, sardines, pastry, dessert, even bread — with dinner guests faced by an armoury of weapons when they sat down.

Pen claims we put more time and energy into judging people on what we eat and the way we eat it, than the quality of the food itself (file image)

Pen claims we put more time and energy into judging people on what we eat and the way we eat it, than the quality of the food itself (file image)

Each was supposedly identified by the size, the number of tines (three to five), the length of the tine, the curve and whether there was a wide and sharpened edge for cutting pastry.

Knowing which to pick up for which dish was the trick, and a way for the upper-class host to ward off (and, better still, confuse and humiliate) the ungenteel.

Such pretension has now gone. One-size fork fits all, and we’re probably the better for it. But possibly not for long, as we head towards a forkless society with fast food of fried chicken, burgers, pizza and sandwiches taking over.

Fingers are now perfectly acceptable for much of our eating, as they were centuries ago, before etiquette (and cutlery) intervened.

Napkins, and how you wield them, are another key social indicator, though utterly illogical.

The best way to ensure a napkin does its job of protecting the eater’s clothes is obviously to tuck it under the collar and let it drop down in front of you. Except that is so working class! So polite people hide them on their laps, and dribble gravy and red wine down their shirt fronts, putting class before common sense.

But that’s the British way. According to Vogler, we traditionally put more time and energy into judging people on what we eat and the way we eat it, or worrying about what people think of us, than the quality of the food itself.

Pen said the words we use to describe various meals throughout the day tell us about the class divide (file image)

Pen said the words we use to describe various meals throughout the day tell us about the class divide (file image)

She writes: ‘In a country where even letters are first or second class, eating, with its innate social function and attendant rituals, is a way of firing up rivalry, envy and social unease.’

Or as the Hungarian-born humorist George Mikes put it: ‘On the Continent people have good food; in England they have good table manners.’

Nothing tells us more about the class divide over food than the words we use for the various meals throughout the day. Any British antennae will pick up something about your background if you have ‘dinner’ at midday and ‘tea’ in the early evening.

From the age of the diarist Samuel Pepys, ‘dinner’ has been pushed back by about eight hours, as the toffs chose to eat later and later to distance themselves from the annoying, encroaching middles — and the middles moved later and later to emulate them.

During the 17th century, ‘dinner’ was around midday; it was mid-afternoon in the 18th century. Most working people had a communal main meal — dinner — in the middle of the day.

SCOFF by Pen Vogler (Atlantic £20, 480 pp)

SCOFF by Pen Vogler (Atlantic £20, 480 pp)

For farm workers this was usually made by the women of the farmer’s household and eaten together around the kitchen table, or in the fields.

Those working in mills in Manchester and Leeds, in the factories of the Midlands and the mines of Wales, Newcastle and the Midlands worked from 6am to 7.30pm, with 40 minutes to eat their dinner in the middle. It’s a distinction that survives to this day. Northerners, particularly the working classes, still have ‘dinner’ between noon and 2pm and ‘tea’ in the early evening. Southerners (and swanky Northerners) just have ‘lunch’ and ‘dinner’.

Lunch — or ‘noonshine’, as Jane Austen called it — was born because fashionable society kept on dining later and later to put some clear blue hours between them and the mercantile and professional classes.

This can cause confusion even today. Vogler cites writer Helen Fielding, who grew up in Yorkshire and was invited to her tutor’s house for dinner in her first week at Oxford.

‘We duly turned up in the middle of the day to be greeted by kindly astonishment and a gracious attempt to explain how things worked in the sophisticated world we were about to enter.’

This excellent history is full of fascinating facts about the food we eat. I never realised that sandwiches and desks were invented at the same point in history. Nor that the English were cooking and eating macaroni pasta way back in 1390.

More tellingly, it pricks the pomposity of many of our social conventions surrounding eating. So I say feel free to gobble down your peas in any way you like — ideally on a fish knife, of course!

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Nice attack: Brazil-born terror victim staggered to café next to church before dying from her wounds

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One of the three victims in yesterday’s terror attack on a Catholic church in Nice was a Brazilian mother whose final words were: ‘Tell my children that I love them.’ 

Simone Barreto Silva, 44, had lived in France for 30 years and had three children, the Brazilian Consulate in Paris confirmed last night.

The mother was stabbed by Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui, who also hacked  54-year-old sacristan Vincent Loques to death as he prepared for Mass.

The third victim, described by French authorities as an elderly woman, was butchered near the church’s holy water in a beheading attempt.

Simone is said to have staggered to a nearby burger bar before dying of her wounds.

According to local media, her final words were to paramedics who rushed to the scene, telling them: ‘Tell my children that I love them.’

It is not known if she was married or had a partner. Reports in Brazil said she had three sons, however her Facebook profile shows two boys and a girl. Their ages are not known.  

Simone Barreto Silva, 44, had lived in France for 30 years and had three children, the Brazilian Consulate in Paris confirmed last night

Simone Barreto Silva, 44, had lived in France for 30 years and had three children, the Brazilian Consulate in Paris confirmed last night

Simone Barreto Silva

Simone Barreto Silva

Simone Barreto Silva is said to have staggered to a nearby burger bar before dying of her wounds. According to local media, her final words were to paramedics who rushed to the scene, telling them: ‘Tell my sons that I love them’

Simone in a photograph from her Facebook page, showing her with two young boys

Simone in a photograph from her Facebook page, showing her with two young boys 

People light candles outside the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice following an Islamist terror attack

People light candles outside the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice following an Islamist terror attack

A woman places a candle at a makeshift memorial in front of the French embassy in Berlin

A woman places a candle at a makeshift memorial in front of the French embassy in Berlin

Three people were killed by a terrorist in the Notre Dame basilica in Nice at 9am yesterday

Three people were killed by a terrorist in the Notre Dame basilica in Nice at 9am yesterday

The world watched in horror yesterday as Aoussaoui, who had arrived in Europe on a migrant boat just last month, launched a senseless attack on the basilica.

He shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (‘God is greatest’ in Arabic) as he slaughtered the three Christians worshipping ahead of of the Catholic holy day of All Saints Day on Sunday.

The assailant was shot 14 times by armed police as he screamed ‘God is greatest’ in Arabic during the attack and ‘while under medication’ as he was taken to hospital, Nice’s Mayor Christian Estrosi said. 

Aoussaoui arrived in Nice at around 6.30am via the railway station, where he quickly changed his clothes, Jean-Francois Ricard told journalists. CCTV showed him arriving in the church at 8.30am and staying there for nearly half an hour. 

The assailant entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa on September 20 and arrived in Paris on October 9. The travel information came from a document on Aoussaoui from the Italian Red Cross, Mr Ricard said.

Vincent Loques, 54, a sacristan of the Notre Dame basilica, was brutally killed

Vincent Loques, 54, a sacristan of the Notre Dame basilica, was brutally killed

Emmanuel Macron takes part in a video conference on Covid-19 at the Elysee Palace

Emmanuel Macron takes part in a video conference on Covid-19 at the Elysee Palace

Forensic officers work at night in front of Notre Dame Basilica in Nice

Forensic officers work at night in front of Notre Dame Basilica in Nice

Forensic officers work at night in a coffee near Notre Dame Basilica in Nice

Forensic officers work at night in a coffee near Notre Dame Basilica in Nice

The first attack took place at 9am in Nice, before the second attack in Avignon two hours later. Separately, a guard at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed

The first attack took place at 9am in Nice, before the second attack in Avignon two hours later. Separately, a guard at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed

Investigators found two unused knives, a Koran and two mobile phones, in addition to a bag with some personal effects. He was unknown to French security services. 

The killings prompted the French government to raise the terror alert level to the maximum ’emergency’ level nationwide. 

It followed warnings of further terrorist atrocities just days before the church rampage, after Al-Qaeda published a press release calling for ‘jihad’ (holy war) over newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s caricatures of the Propet Mohammed.   

Emmanuel Macron announced increased surveillance of churches by France’s Sentinelle military patrols, to be bolstered to 7,000 troops from 3,000.

Mourners attended vigils to pay tribute to the victims of the triple killing. They lit candles  outside the Notre-Dame basilica and the French Embassy in Berlin. 

The attack comes amid fury across the Islamic world at President Macron for defending satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, and on the day that Sunni Muslims mark the Prophet’s birthday.

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Councils urged to grant permission for build-your-own home to give more a foot on the housing ladder

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If you’re dreaming of building your own home, changes to the planning rules could soon make the process far less daunting.

Councils will be urged to ensure permission is granted for suitable plots to give more people a foot on the housing ladder.

Currently around 15,000 families design or build their own home each year, which is 50 per cent higher than two years ago.

But ministers believe there is still more to be done to support the self and custom-build industry, last estimated be worth almost £4.5billion to the UK economy.

Councils will be urged to ensure permission is granted for suitable plots to give more people a foot on the housing ladder if they want to build their own home [Stock image]

Councils will be urged to ensure permission is granted for suitable plots to give more people a foot on the housing ladder if they want to build their own home [Stock image]

Local authorities are currently required to keep a register of those who wish to build in their area. 

Each year they should grant planning permission to enough plots to match that demand.

A review to be announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick today will examine how effectively these arrangements work. 

Last night Mr Jenrick said: ‘We are backing people who want to design and build their own home and today I have launched a review to ensure councils provide enough land and take proper consideration for these homes when making planning decisions in their area.’

England has the lowest known rate of self-commissioned homes in the developed world, according to Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, of the National Custom and Self Build Association [Stock image]

England has the lowest known rate of self-commissioned homes in the developed world, according to Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, of the National Custom and Self Build Association [Stock image]

Andrew Baddeley-Chappell, of the National Custom and Self Build Association, said: ‘England has the lowest known rate of self-commissioned homes in the developed world. 

‘Our new homes market is crying out for the greener and higher quality build that goes hand-in-hand with more consumer choice.

‘Housing diversification is key to the Government’s housing strategy. This excellent announcement today by the Government should help many more people achieve the dream of living in better and more beautiful homes.’

Tory MP Richard Bacon, an ambassador for the Right to Build Task Force, said: ‘Some local councils are already doing an excellent job in providing more opportunities but some others are not yet supporting the spirit of the legislation and have some way to go if they are to grasp the huge opportunities for more and better housing.’

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