The Labour shadow housing brief has passed from Mike Amesbury (MP, Weaver Vale) to Matthew Pennycook (MP, Greenwich and Woolwich).
Mr Amesbury takes over the shadow role for local government.
Leaseholders – and LKP – have a lot to thank Mike Amesbury. He has been an indefatigable advocate for home buyers ripped off by doubling ground rents and the unjustifiable spread of leasehold houses – which were particularly prevalent in the North West.
He also had a leading role in organising the summit of stakeholders caught up in the building safety / cladding scandal headed by communities shadow Lucy Powell earlier this year.
Representing a London seat, Mr Pennycook has been more involved with leasehold flats in his constituency, especially new build blocks caught up in the building safety / cladding scandal.
He has attended many of the main leaseholder meetings, including the demonstration in Parliament Square last September.
Really disappointed to see Mike go, he has been a phenomenal support to leaseholders and has grafted, battled and fought for us all the way. Thanks so much Mike, all of us are so grateful.
Thank you so much for all the work you have done on our behalf. It is very much appreciated. Good luck for you future endeavours.
Thanks a lot for work done on behalf of all leaseholders up and down the country.
Thank you. Best wishes for the future.
thank you for all your have done
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Thanks Mike…you have been a ray of hope in the murky depths of leasehold injustice.
Thanks so much to Mike Amesbury for all the support (and I know it will continue!). I first met Mike about 3 and a half years ago when I travelled to his constituency to talk at a leaseholders meeting. John Healey was visiting. Mike is a huge supporter of LKP and NLC and frequently gives us recognition in Parliament for the campaigning that we do. He will be a tough act to follow!
Mike has done an awful lot to rid us of this positively feudal land tenure that is wrecking so many lives in England and Wales. He also did very well as shadow housing minister to hold government to account over the Westferry scandal, really getting under Mr Pincher’s skin in the Commons.
Even after he left the housing select committee, he sat in on his former colleagues to watch the leasehold inquiry unfold. I know as I was there. There is no doubt that he will keep fighting for land equality and commonhold “for the many, not just the new”, as he holds the shadow local government brief.
Harry where do we find excellent MPs such as Mike, and why was he moved?
Is his move a promotion or removing the major help for Leasehold?
Maybe I have become paranoid, but it seems a move too far.
Thank you, Mike, Church Stretton is always open to you, Seb has my contacts.