RICSParliamentary Affairs Manager
As Parliamentary Affairs Manager within the External Affairs team, Lewis is responsible for coordinating our interactions with parliament, the political parties and government departments, and leveraging the reputation of RICS to ensure we are an effective influencer of policy.
Drawing on the extensive expertise of our membership, we aim to use our relationships with government to shape policy for the better, in line with the public interest mandate of RICS.
Prior to joining RICS in November 2014 he worked for KPMG, and also as a campaign coordinator for a government Minister.
Lewis Johnston, 04 Jul 2017
Sajid Javid (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) has invited local authorities to bid for a share of the £2.3 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund. The Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the 2016 Autumn Statement and is intended to help local authorities finance infrastructure development that can accelerate housebuilding.
Lewis Johnston, 12 Jun 2017
The UK has its second hung Parliament in seven years, with no party commanding a majority in the Commons. With the Conservatives proceeding as a minority administration; it is more important than ever that Government listens to the views of the property sector and pursues effective policies across housing, infrastructure and construction.
Lewis Johnston, 02 Jun 2017
With only days to go until polling day on 8 June, the political parties will be coming under ever-increasing scrutiny for their competing visions for Britain. The pledges have been made and the manifesto commitments reiterated – now the country must make sense of the various policy platforms across housing, infrastructure and construction.
Lewis Johnston, 30 May 2017
After a suspension of campaigning following the tragic events in Manchester last week, the parties resumed activities before the weekend. UKIP released their manifesto with a predictable emphasis on Brexit and immigration, and a striking focus on modular housing as a panacea for the housing crisis.
Lewis Johnston, 22 May 2017
The Green Party today launched its policy pitch for the General Election 2017, with a strong focus on affordable housing, local infrastructure investment and economic reform.
Lewis Johnston, 19 May 2017
After the Labour and Liberal Democrats released their election pitches, the Conservatives finally unleashed their manifesto on Thursday. In a clear bid to present a distinct doctrine of ‘Mayism’ the Prime Minister and her team have decisively rejected the free market fundamentalism that characterised the Conservative party for decades.
Lewis Johnston, 18 May 2017
Yesterday’s launch of the Liberal Democrat Manifesto made it clear that the party is positioning itself as a defender of tenant’s interests. With all the major parties now committed to banning letting agent fees for tenants, the Lib Dems have gone further with a pledge to cap up-front deposits.
Lewis Johnston, 17 May 2017
As the election campaign picks up speed, it is encouraging to see the parties start to set out clear policies for the built environment. The Labour Manifesto includes a wide range of policy commitments to the built environment; the prominence given to the sector in the party’s platform is welcome. However, as ever with manifesto commitments, the test of applicability is whether they can be funded.
Lewis Johnston, 15 May 2017
With the country heading to the polls on 8 June for the second time in two years, the political parties are in the midst of campaigning for what has already been dubbed “the Brexit election”.
Lewis Johnston, 24 Apr 2017
Last week the Prime Minister ended months of speculation and called a General Election for 8 June. The formal motion put to the House of Commons to override the Fixed Term Parliaments Act was in the end a mere formality, with only 13 MPs voting against the Prime Minister, who easily obtained the requisite two-thirds majority. The UK will head to the polling stations for the second time in two years.
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