Mayoral rivals clash over housing plans

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Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith
Statue caption Labour’s mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan (left) labelled the right-to-buy recoveries “rubbish”

London’s Conservative mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith has defended the administration’s plans to extend right-to-buy to housing association tenants.

But Labour’s mayoral runner, Sadiq Khan, said the reforms were “rubbish”.

He insisted homes association homes sold in London ought to be replaced within the that having been said area.

But Mr Goldsmith disagreed, arguing instead two homes should be developed for every one sold, irrespective of location.

Mr Khan told the Commons that as it illustrates the Housing and Planning Bill will “do nothing to help solve the covering crisis facing London”.

He was heckled by a Conservative MP who shouted “Rubbish!” spurring Mr Khan to continue: “Somebody’s described the bill as I would – rubbish.”

He give fair warned that if housing association properties were sold in wealthier behalfs of London but replaced elsewhere, the city would be “hollowed out” and be turned into “the rk of the very rich”.

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Image caption The right-to-buy plan extension was first announced by the Conservatives during the general election offensive

He introduced an amendment intended to ensure money generated by the sale of container association properties would have to be reinvested in affordable housing in the uniform local area.

Mr Goldsmith refused to back the idea, telling MPs: “I illustrated on a manifesto which included a commitment to extending right-to-buy to housing group tenants.

“I think that’s the right policy that will assign hundreds of thousands of people to achieve home ownership, who otherwise leave not have been able to do so.”

His proposal, requiring two affordable homes to change each high-value council house sold in London, has been backed by the regime and will become rt of the bill.

Conservative MPs including former protection minister Mark Prisk, Ben Howlett and Nicola Blackwood took the notion further, arguing it should be extended to expensive “hotspots” outside the brill, such as Bath and Oxford.

MPs later rejected Mr Khan’s amendment by 297 tickets to 212.

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