Hammond’s threat to “hire builders” for green belt – conflict of interest?

[see post earlier today]

The question mark about conflict of interest is because, with this government, NOTHING EVER seems to conflict.

Is it a conflict of interest to threaten to put “government employed” builders on to the green belt if you are an MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer AND you own MASSES of land adjacent to said green belt?

If you are a Conservative MP and Chancellor, with the opportunity to get shedloads of money from it, apparently not. At least in their universe:

“Chancellor Philip Hammond could make millions of pounds if green belt land he owns gets planning permission for new homes in the future.

The Tory minister purchased three acres of greenbelt land neighbouring his family home in Surrey from housebuilder Martin Grant for £100,000.

He then came to an “option” agreement with the housebuilder in the 2008 sale that allows the housebuilder to buy the Chancellor’s land back in the future and any uplift in the value of the land would be split equally between the two.

A local property expert has estimated that should Hammond’s land get planning permission then it could be worth £2m an acre, netting him a potential £3million profit.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/chancellor-philip-hammond-could-make-10765588

“Dispatches discovered that one such landowner who could benefit from such a windfall is the Chancellor Philip Hammond. In 2008 Hammond bought 3 acres of greenbelt land neighbouring his family home in Surrey from housebuilder Martin Grant for £100,000. Martin Grant Homes is planning to build 1,700 homes on greenbelt land near Mr Hammond’s home which has already been rezoned for housing.”

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/secrets-of-britain-s-new-homes-channel-4-dispatches