Charles is defended for writing letters to Yorkshire politicians

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CLARENCE HOUSE has made another robust defence of the Prince of Wales’s right to write to ministers as a second batch of his private correspondence was published.

Six letters written by Charles have been published by the Government and will throw further light on his dealings with ministers - including Yorkshire politicians Alan Johnson and Yvette Cooper.

The topics covered by the letters, written between 2007 and 2009, range from hospital food to affordable rural housing and climate change.

Clarence House said in a statement that the correspondence showed “the range of the Prince of Wales’ concerns and interests for this country and the wider world”.

The statement added “The letters published by the Government show the Prince of Wales expressing concern about issues that he has raised in public like affordable rural housing, the quality of hospital food, the preservation and regeneration of historic buildings, an integrated approach to healthcare, climate change, and others.

The letters are not Charles’s famed “black spider memos” - so-called because of his use of black ink, underlining and exclamation marks - but typed correspondence.

The issue of affordable rural housing was raised by Charles when he wrote in August 2007 to Ms Cooper, then housing and planning minister.

Correspondence between Charles and the then-health secretary Mr Johnson from 2008 also reinforce the Prince’s long-held view on the possible benefits of complementary medicine.

In a letter to Mr Johnson in 2007, Charles hammered home his opinions on healthcare. He said: “I cannot bear people suffering unnecessarily when a complementary approach could make a real difference.”