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June 17, 2017 by Greg Evans
Conservative MP Nick Hurd is the Government’s new Police and Fire Minister.
In 2016, Hurd was among other Tory MP’s who voted against an amendment proposed by Labour that would assure that all private landlords made their properties “fit for human habitation.”
Fire safety was a part of the amendment set out by then Shadow Housing Minister Teresa Pearce. This is what she said at the time.
New clause 53 is about safety and would introduce a requirement for landlords to undertake electrical safety checks. Many organisations from across the sector support the measure, such as the Local Government Association, the London fire brigade, Shelter, the Association of Residential Letting Agents, British Gas, Crisis and the Fire Officers Association. They have all given their support in the past to measures that will see the introduction of mandatory electrical safety checks.
Hurd, the MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner, owns a two bedroom flat in Ruislip and a house in London and earns at least £10,000 a year in rental income.
He and 71 other MP’s who are also landlords, were effective in rejecting the motion.
Now, an MP who voted against the ‘fit for human habitation’ bill will now helps spearhead the governments response to the Grenfell tower tragedy in North Kensington.
However, as Indy100 has previously explained in great detail, the aforementioned ‘fit for human habitation’ amendment would have only applied to private landlords therefore it would not have effected Grenfell tower.
Although the two are not linked, the rejection of the amendment has been shared widely on social media in the wake of Tuesday’s disaster, bringing the controversial vote back into the public discourse.
These are the 72 MPs that voted against making homes fit for human habitation
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June 15, 2017 by indy100 staff
Despite the fact the two are not linked, people sharing last year’s news does mean that the contentious issue of the rejected amendment has been thrust into the public dialogue once again.
According to Parliament’s register of interests at the time, 72 of the MPs who voted down the amendment on homes being “fit for human habitation” were themselves landlords who derived an income from a property.
The 72 MPs who were registered as deriving income from property of over £10,000 a year and who voted against the law, were as follows:
Simon Kirby (teller)
Anne Marie Morris
Sarah Newton (teller)