MPs turned out in force this morning to meet leasehold demonstrators organised by the National Leasehold Campaign, most of who arrived by coach from the North West.
Sir Peter Bottomley and Jim Fitzpatrick, patrons of LKP and co-chairs of the APPG on leasehold reform, were on hand, as was Justin Madders, the deputy chair who is moving a Bill in the autumn to make enfranchisement and lease extension a simple multiple of 10 times annual ground rent.
Also present were Labour front bench housing spokesman John Healey and his deputy Sarah Jones, the shadow housing minister. And Mike Amesbury, Andy Slaughter, Faisal Rashid and other MPs.
The demonstrators from the North West were joined by those in the South East, temporarily pushing aside the EU remain protestors from their pitch at Old Palace Yard, which they have occupied for months.
There will be an article in the Guardian tomorrow. The Mail on Sunday was on hand. And BBC news footage was taken.
The demonstrators wore burgundy T shirts and cheered on by a trans woman leaseholder in a wedding dress, who added a striking note to the event.
Homebuyers are being locked into controversial leasehold contracts on newly built properties with this type of sale soon set to be banned Catherine Gale, 44, fears she faces a huge loss on her three-bedroom house outside Bolton She says homes on the estate have sold at tens of thousands of pounds less than their original price Homebuyers are being locked into controversial leasehold contracts on newly built properties – just weeks before this type of sale is banned.
Justin joins leasehold campaigners in Westminster and vows to continue the fight for reform – Justin Madders MP
Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders was pleased to lend his support when leasehold campaigners from across the country descended on Westminster for a lively and good-spirited demonstration. The campaigners, who later presented a petition at 10 Downing Street, are seeking to highlight unfair terms in the sale of thousands of new homes across the country.