Kensington Tory candidate hits back at flagship right to buy policy which would ‘reduce social housing stock’

Kensington’s Conservative candidate has revealed she may fight against her party’s Thatcherite ‘right to buy’ policy as it would severely reduce social housing stock in the area.

Victoria Borwick, who used two voice doubles during a housing-centric hustings last week due to illness, throatily told SW Londoner after the event that she would oppose the flagship scheme due to a lack of space.

She said: “We may have to seek an exemption because we don’t have all this free space to build.

“We have made a commitment that we want to keep 25% of our housing stock for social – for the poorest and for the most vulnerable.”

Labour’s Rod Abouharb used his opening statement at the hustings to question the legitimacy of the Lib-Con bedroom tax.

He said: “I frankly think they’re (the Conservatives) in a parallel universe when it comes to the amount of affordable housing in the constituency.”

Housing has been a key issue in this constituency election battle.

Candidates from Labour, Conservative, UKIP, the Liberal Democrats, Green Party, Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol (CISTA) and Alliance for Green Socialism took part in the event last Friday which was arranged by the Kensington and Chelsea Voluntary Sector.

Picture courtesy of Garry Knight, with thanks

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