Bradford's hung council voted by 43 to 38 to privatise the city's 27,000 council homes last week. The Defend Council Housing campaign in Bradford has pledged to oppose the sell off. Tenants have the final say in the ballot to be held later this year. A preliminary survey by the council shows 82 percent of tenants want to stay under council control.
Liberal Democrat and Tory councillors voted for the privatisation, but Labour councillors responded to a lobby by tenants and opposed the move. Before the meeting 100 people rallied in the city centre to oppose privatisation. Three local MPs spoke out along with local trade union officials.