ASLEF condemns Tory housing plan

14 April 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned Conservative plans, announced in their manifesto today, to sell off social housing in this country.

Mick said: ‘The Tories are having a laugh when they say they are the party of working people. The Tories are a party for toffs, a party formed by the boss class to keep workers in their place.

‘By extending the “right to buy”, as he calls it, to housing association tenants in England, David Cameron is continuing the destructive tradition of Margaret Thatcher by making it much harder for ordinary people to find somewhere to live.

‘Because the Tories, between 1979 and 1997, destroyed the public rented sector in this country. That’s why so many people find it so hard to find somewhere to live.

‘Very little public housing has been built in Britain – the money from council house sales was siphoned off – private sector rents have soared as have the prices of privately-owned properties creating another bubble which is bound to burst soon.’

The Tories plan to build 400,000 new homes is unfunded.

While Labour has spelt out in detail how it plans to fund the building of 1,000,000 new homes if it is elected.

Mick added: ‘If we want to rebuild Britain, we need a Labour government on 7 May.’

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