Westferry Printworks Development

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:29 pm on 24th June 2020.

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Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East 3:29 pm, 24th June 2020

The Secretary of State is shaking his head, but those are the facts. With that increase, and with a generation of people trapped in precarious and poorly regulated rented housing, we have a Secretary of State in charge of housing fighting to reduce the number of affordable housing units in a development. How on earth do the Government justify that move?

It seems baffling to me, considering that fact alone, that the Secretary of State should be deemed fit to represent the wider public interest as part of his brief. Reducing the ratio of affordable dwellings from one in three to one in five saved billionaire developer and Tory donor Richard Desmond another £40 million by enabling him to sell those units on the premium property market instead.

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