Delegates condemn riot evictions at Labour conference
Grass roots Labour campaigners are pushing for the party to condemn the eviction of rioters who live in social housing.
Constituency Labour groups have submitted motions at the party’s annual conference, being held in Liverpool this week, claiming that the eviction of social tenants involved in the riots cannot be justified.
Delegates voted yesterday to decide if the issue will be debated at conference this week. The results of the vote are due this morning.
The Croydon Central Labour group, based in one of the London boroughs worst hit by the riots, was one of those that submitted a motion.
It said called on delegates at the conference to state that ‘housing and welfare are rights’ and condemn ‘those who suggest that those convicted of riot-related offences should lose housing or benefits’.
Its motion said eviction is ‘both double punishment and collective punishment of other family members’.
Hackney North and Stoke Newington’s constituency party, also based in a riot hit area, filed a motion saying eviction would be an ‘unfair collective punishment’.
In total 21 Labour groups submitted motions about the riots. A third of the motions condemned evictions.
If conference members voted to debate the riots the motions will be composited before the debate. This means they will be pulled together to form a single motion that delegates will discuss on the the conference floor.
Housing was also an issue that grass roots members want to discuss. Ten local Labour groups submitted housing motions.
They all called for the delivery of new homes to become a main priority and nine of them slated government plans for fixed-term tenancies in the social housing sector.
A motion supported by delegates from Dudley south, Eltham, Halifax and Redditch, said that abolishing secure tenancies would ‘put social tenants at risk of eviction should they get a promotion or a pay rise’ and would create ‘fear and uncertainty and create a disincentive to work’.
Inside Housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation have launched a study into the riots.Find out more about The Riot Report or contribute to the debate on our Linkedin Riot Report group