Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Tottenham MP David Lammy have said that empty properties in Kensington should be requisitioned to help those made homeless by the Grenfell Tower fire.
‘The south part of Kensington is incredibly wealthy, it’s the wealthiest part of the country’, said Mr. Corbyn.
‘The ward where this fire took place is, I think, the poorest ward in the whole country’.
‘Properties must be found, requisitioned if necessary, in order to make sure those residents do get rehoused locally’.
‘It cannot be acceptable that in London you have luxury buildings and luxury flats kept as land banking for the future, while the homeless and the poor look for somewhere to live’.
David Lammy echoed these thoughts on twitter, saying:
‘Lots of homes left vacant in Kensington & Chelsea by overseas investors. I would like to see them requisitioned by the government to rehouse victims’.
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