Theresa May’s Fire Minister was among the MPs who voted against making homes ‘fit for human habitation’


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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:

Nigel Adams

Stuart Andrew

Victoria Atkins

Jake Berry

James Berry

Bob Blackman

Robert Buckland

Alun Cairns

David Cameron

Alex Chalk

James Cleverley

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown

Therese Coffey

Geoffrey Cox

Mims Davies

Philip Davies

Richard Drax

James Duddridge

Alan Duncan

Philip Dunne

Jane Ellison

George Eustice

Mike Freer

Richard Fuller

John Glen

Robert Goodwill

Chris Grayling

Dominic Grieve

Chris Heaton-Harris

Peter Heaton-Jones

George Hollingberry

Kevin Hollinrake

Philip Hollobone

Nick Hurd

Stewart Jackson

Margot James

Sajid Javid

Joseph Johnson

Simon Kirby (teller)

Greg Knight

Brandon Lewis

Julian Lewis

Craig Mackinlay

Tania Mathias

Karl McCartney

Anne Marie Morris

Sheryll Murray

Robert Neill

Sarah Newton (teller)

Jesse Norman

David Nuttall

Neil Parish

Owen Paterson

Rebecca Pow

Jeremy Quin

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Laurence Robertson

Julian Smith

Royston Smith

Mark Spencer

John Stevenson

Desmond Swayne

Derek Thomas

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Andrew Turner

Shailesh Vara

Theresa Villiers

Ben Wallace

David Warburton

Craig Whittaker

John Whittingdale

Nadhim Zahawi






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