Private Rented Sector

Part of Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:02 pm on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington 2:02 pm, 25th June 2014

I almost apologise to the House for the fact that, in every housing debate, some of us who represent London constituencies seem to say the same thing. Like many London MPs and perhaps others, every week I have a family coming to see me, begging for a property. It is one of the most distressing experiences that we have in our role as Members, because all we can offer is sympathy. Lobbying and letters to the council elicit the standard response about the waiting times, the lack of housing supply and so on. As I mentioned, I find it really distressing and I do not know how the colleagues who run my constituency office cope with dealing with such families.