A private member's Bill giving councils mediation powers in disputes between neighbours over hedges - one of two, the other launched in the house of lords - was effectively killed by former Conservative environment minister Christopher Chope.
The MP for Christchurch spoke at length in debates on other private member's Bills. Last month, he delayed a third reading on the High Hedges (No 2) Bill by tabling a raft of amendments to a measure which has all-party support in both houses of parliament.
The measure will have another resumed second reading on 11 July. Clearly it now stands no chance of becoming law.
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