Posted by: Tom Lloyd21/10/2009
The Parliament website lists hundreds of special interest groups for MPs to sign up to, but the council housing group is a little different.
What sets the council housing devotees aside from more illustrious groups, such as those dedicated to beer or bees, is that it isn’t a proper all party group.
As its chair, Labour MP for Great Grimsby Austin Mitchell, explained at a report launch yesterday: ‘We are all party, but we can’t call ourselves an all party group because we haven’t got enough Conservatives.’
Perhaps if a few more Tories get in as a result of the general election Mr Mitchell and friends will have more luck attracting Conservative followers.
Or perhaps the current lack of interest says much about the attitude of many grass-roots Tories to council housing.
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