Hundreds protest housing bill in central London

Hundreds of people have descended on Parliament Square to protest against a Bill which it is claimed could “smash social housing”.

Protesters carried banners and placards reading “Anti-social housing policy from the House of Ill Repute”, “Kill the Housing Bill” and “You’re heartless, We’re Homeless” as they passed the Houses of Parliament. Labour MP Diane Abbott, who joined the London demonstration against the Housing and Planning Bill, tweeted:

“Tories determined to smash social housing & socially cleanse big cities like London.”

Speakers at Parliament Square, including representatives from trade unions and a traveller group, told supporters:

“We’re not going anywhere”,

to huge cheers and applause. During a debate on the Bill in the House of Lords last week, peers said that forcing the sale of high-value council properties in order to subsidise the right to buy for housing association tenants is unfair.

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