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Labour MP calls on Government to avoid electoral suicide on housing

10th November 2008

In December the Government will unveil its Housing Green Paper amid fears that council housing tenants rights will be attacked - following speeches by previous Housing Minister Caroline Flint. Today, the Chartered Institute of Housing has published proposals to means test and time limit council ‘secure’ tenancies.

John McDonnell MP, LRC Chair, said

“With the recession beginning to bite, people’s sense of insecurity is mounting dramatically. Any Government policy that threatens the security of people’s homes will be seen as a kick in the teeth. At a time of recession we should be improving housing security not decreasing it.”

“Yet there are some in New Labour who seem hell-bent on electoral suicide. This policy would alienate a significant element of what is left of Labour’s electoral support.”

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