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Campaigners tell MPs to scrap 'terrible' housing bill

by Graham Hodgin
Issue No. 2502

Rallying outside parliament

Rallying outside parliament (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Housing activists lobbied parliament against the Tories’ Housing and Planning Bill on Tuesday. The lobby came as the bill went back to be debated in the House of Commons.

Organiser Glynn Robbins told Socialist Worker that he was expecting over a hundred to attend over the course of the day.

He said, “Anything that happens in the Commons is only as important as what happens out here.”

Jan from West London told Socialist Worker that “we are building a movement that will fight to stop these proposals before or after they become law”.

“MPs have had an easy ride so far. They need to stand up and be counted.”

Linda Taylor from north London said, “Even with all of the amendments, it’s a terrible bill.

“We need to organise against it now.”


Campaigners want to see Labour councils and MPs putting up more than a verbal fight against the bill.

The lobby came after tenants, trade unionists and housing campaigners met in London last Saturday to organise a plan of action to “Kill the Housing Bill”.

Although hundreds of amendments to the bill have been proposed in the House of Lords, campaigners reaffirmed their commitment to do everything to kill the bill stone dead.

The Kill the Housing Bill campaign is building for a national demonstration on Saturday 18 June.

We need to go all out to build it.

An assembly has been called for Saturday 21 May to debate how to defeat the bill.

Labour councils must refuse to implement this regressive Housing Bill outright—no matter what central government says.

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