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Housing is top priorty for Lib Dems

by Mike Ward on 3 October, 2015

The Lib Dem fight back is in full force and it was on show at Conference. Our membership has grown by more than a third since the election and it was the first Conference speech from our new Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron MP.

Tim spoke passionately about his main priority – housing. Stating that we have a national emergency when it comes to housing.  There are 90,000 children in the UK who don’t have a place to call home because there simply isn’t enough social housing with 1.6 million people on social housing waiting lists.

That’s why the Liberal Democrats oppose the Conservatives plans for the forced sell off of housing association homes. Liberal Democrat MPs and Peers will vote against any measure that encourages the sell-off of housing association homes when it comes to Parliament.

Tim and the Lib Dems also want to see more homes being built, introducing a target of building 300,000 homes a year, by lifting the borrowing cap for local authorities so they can build more houses as well as establishing a Housing Investment Bank to boost house-building.

As Tim said, “Housing is the biggest single issue that politicians don’t talk about.  Well, we are going to talk about it, campaign on it, go on and on and on about it, and make a difference to the millions who have been ignored.

“Communities up and down this country have spent 25 years building housing association homes, picking up the pieces of Mrs Thatcher’s destruction of council housing, and we will not allow David Cameron to destroy that work too.”

Watch Tim’s full speech, below and if you like what you hear – join us today:

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