Steve Norris

Steve Norris

Steve Norris is chairman of Soho Estates and senior adviser to BNP Paribas Real Estate and a former Transport Minister and London mayoral candidate - you can find him on Twitter at @StevenJNorris

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    A long road to recovery

    2020-07-02T00:00:00

    The tectonic plates are moving – and not before time.

  • Soho in lockdown
    Insight

    A temporary stop to traffic could kick-start Soho’s recovery

    2020-06-04T00:00:00

    For some time, I have argued that the corona cure is worse than the disease. To keep overweight septuagenarians like me alive, the next generation is paying an awfully high price. And closer to home, the damage to our economy is utterly unimaginable.

  • Theresa May
    Insight

    It’s time to take tough decisions

    2020-05-06T00:00:00

    It’s not good out there. However much we enjoy not having to dress up for work or sniff armpits on a crowded train, the fact is Zoom is no substitute for face-to-face meetings.

  • Covid-19
    Online

    Covid-19 pandemic poses the ultimate arbitrage

    2020-04-09T01:00:00

    We are living through the most devastating period in modern history. The damage caused to our economy and society by the 2008 financial crash pales into insignificance by comparison.

  • Heathrow sign and plane
    News

    Ruling against third Heathrow runway sets dangerous precedent

    2020-03-05T00:00:00

    You might expect me to be pleased at the recent Appeal Court ruling that the government had wrongly given Heathrow’s third runway the go ahead, given that I never believed it made economic or environmental sense.

  • Esther McVey
    Insight

    No. 10: who stays and who goes?

    2020-02-06T00:00:00

    When Stephen Barclay, the secretary of state at the Department for Exiting the European Union, resigned at 23:01 hours on 31 January as his department wound itself up, he started the reshuffle Boris made clear would follow once we had formally left the EU.

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Tory victory signals big changes

    2020-01-10T00:00:00

    So after all that, we have a government with a decent majority and a pretty clear objective – to get Brexit done and to level some of the gross inequality that still exists between London and the home counties and the rest of the country.

  • Polling station
    Insight

    May the finger-biting now be over

    2019-12-13T00:00:00

    By the time you read this I hope you’ll have done your duty and voted.

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Johnson is clearly in his element

    2019-11-14T00:00:00

    So Boris finally got the election he was calling for.

  • London houses for sale and rent
    Insight

    Owning a home no longer sacred

    2019-10-16T00:00:00

    I bought my first flat in Notting Hill in 1969 for £11,500. I daren’t think what it’s worth today, but it will be more like £1.5m.

  • Emmanuel Macron and Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Get this Brexit mess over with

    2019-09-12T23:00:00

    Honestly? I haven’t a clue. I can’t think of anything else to say to the steady stream of enquirers including several MP friends who ask: what on earth is going on in our politics and more to the point where is it all going to lead?

  • Keir Starmer
    Insight

    Expect an election by Christmas

    2019-08-13T23:00:00

    Not much happens in politics in August. The few decent political programmes go off air and we indulge in what is known in the trade as the silly season – when the aftermath of Love Island is more prominent in public discourse than global warming.

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Bluster alone will not be enough

    2019-07-31T23:00:00

    If you voted for Boris, you’ve certainly had your money’s worth so far.

  • Jeremy Hunt
    Insight

    Hunt’s the only man for the job

    2019-07-10T23:00:00

    As the Tory leadership hustings grind on, the process seems increasingly irrelevant because Conservative Central Office was foolish enough to send ballot papers out too early.

  • Boris Johnson
    Insight

    Anyone but Boris for Tory leader

    2019-06-12T11:28:00

    So farewell then, Theresa May. You are a decent, dedicated, hardworking person who bore a great burden with dignity and fortitude. You have earned our sympathy. Sadly, you were quite spectacularly incapable of discharging the responsibilities of prime minister.

  • WeWork London
    Insight

    We ignore WeWork at our peril

    2019-05-16T23:00:00

    Liz Hamson’s piece last week on great places to work reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a group of industry colleagues about WeWork. Was it likely to IPO at a huge price or was it actually bound to crash and burn? Frankly my dear, I don’t give ...

  • May with EU Flags
    Insight

    To end Brexit fiasco May must go

    2019-04-17T23:00:00

    Liz Hamson commented in last week’s editorial that whatever other impacts Brexit might have had on the UK economy, it doesn’t seem to have damaged the residential sector as much as anyone might have predicted. I’ve always said that this would be the case.

  • Service charges
    Insight

    Finding a service charge solution

    2019-03-22T00:00:00

    I’m ignoring Brexit. Despite having been an MP for 15 years, a minister for five and a former party vice-chairman, I haven’t a clue what will have happened by the time you read this. I am reassured by the knowledge that nobody from the prime minister down knows either.

  • Merkel and May
    Insight

    Signs of hope in Brexit endgame

    2019-02-14T18:00:00

    Property has had a rough time over the past few years at the hands of government.

  • Technology
    Insight

    Tech not politics is market driver

    2019-01-17T05:53:00

    There’s no point speculating on where our exit (or indeed non-exit) from the European Union is headed anymore.

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