Keir Starmer MP uses PMQs to challenge Cameron on housing bill

PUBLISHED: 18:35 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 18:36 11 May 2016

Keir Srtarmer MP took his chance during PMQs to ask David Cameron about the housing and planning bill

Keir Srtarmer MP took his chance during PMQs to ask David Cameron about the housing and planning bill


Holborn and St Pancras MP Keir Starmer used a rare chance to ask a question directly of Prime Minister David Cameron today to highlight the extent of the housing crisis in Camden.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Starmer asked how the controversial housing and planning bill can be expected to improve the situation for those in urgent need of housing.

He told Mr Cameron: “In my first year as an MP, every other person in my constituency advice surgeries has been an anxious council tenant, usually a mum and dad and two or three children living in a one bedroom flat.

“They are often in tears. They cannot afford to rent in the private sector, and they absolutely cannot afford a starter home.”

Mr Starmer asked: “Can the Prime Minister explain in practical and meaningful terms that I can read to them from Hansard when I go to them on Friday, why the housing and planning bill will not make their unbearable situation worse?”

The Prime Minster said that extending right-to-buy and help-to-buy schemes would help Mr Starmer’s constituents, as well as having more shared ownership and starter homes for sale.

So-called “starter homes” in London have come under fire for having price tags of up to £450,000, and shared-ownership schemes have also been criticised as exploitative.

The housing and planning bill extends the right-to-buy to housing association tenants, but also compels local authorities to sell off high value council housing stock to build replacement homes.

Camden Council is vehemently opposed to the bill as it says it will disproportionately affect inner London boroughs where housing stock is particularly valuable and waiting lists extremely long.

The bill is currently going through the ‘ping-pong’ procedure between the Lords and the Commons as the two houses attempt to agree on its exact wording.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 17:58

A man has been convicted over the “senseless” stabbing of a Dutch man in Camden Lock in 2016.

Yesterday, 17:04

Camden Council will correct a sign that says a park will be closed every day at dusk, despite it having no way to shut it.

Yesterday, 13:01

A Cumbrian couple have been left scared for their property after receiving a bailiff’s letter demanding council tax for a Maida Vale property they have no connection to.

Yesterday, 12:26

Barnet Council has apologised to residents after bungled changes to bin collections saw households going nearly two weeks without having them emptied

Yesterday, 10:41

Keir Starmer has said the government’s approach to Universal Credit is similar to the “hostile environment” policy that led to the Windrush scandal.

Yesterday, 09:52

A passing mechanic saved the day after a “rogue Diwali firework” set the roof of a Hornsey bar on fire a week ago last Thursday.

Tue, 16:30

The Phoenix Cinema will hold a meeting on fundraising for the historic cinema this weekend.

Tue, 13:14

A special interfaith Remembrance Sunday parade in Highgate saw attendees from across faiths and generations join together to pay their respects to those who fought and died in the First World War.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now