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Activists meet to resist Tory housing assault

Issue No. 2223

Campaigners from Defend Council Housing (DCH) lobbied MPs on Monday over new threats to millions of tenants’ housing security.

The Tories are making savage cuts to housing benefit payments, and David Cameron has suggested an end to life-time security of tenure for council tenants.

Labour MPs Austin Mitchell and Chris Williamson, a newly appointed junior shadow minister, and Green MP Caroline Lucas spoke at a briefing meeting in the House of Commons.

Austin Mitchell told the meeting that housing activists faced a “new ball game”.

DCH activists, trade unionists and Labour councillors from Winchester, Sheffield, Camden, Norwich, Ealing and elsewhere attended the lobby and spoke about their experiences of campaigning and the challenges ahead.

Eileen Short, national chair of DCH, called for MPs to speak out publicly and actively campaign with DCH against any moves to end security of tenure and the cuts to housing benefit.

DCH Public Meeting, London’s Housing Crisis, Monday 18 October, 7pm, Grand Committee Room, House of Commons with Ken Livingstone and others. For more information go to

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Tue 12 Oct 2010, 18:13 BST
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