Labour Party Conference – Resolution on Housing

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We had a good Labour Party conference.  During the four days, at least a dozen people joined in with leafleting and on Tuesday, we couldn’t give our “100,000 council homes” stickers away quick enough.  It was great to see so many delegates wearing them. 
Despite all the other things that were going on, our fringe meeting was well attended, with some new people and an excellent panel and discussion.  Steve Turner, Deputy  General Secretary of the Unite union, gave a great overview of the housing situation facing working class communities across the country and the need for action, watch a video of his talk on Facebook here:

We made contact with other campaign groups who we hope to work with again in the future, particularly the Labour Homelessness Campaign and ACORN Brighton.

Things were going well inside the conference too.  Thanks to a lot of hard work by the Labour Campaign for Council Housing, a resolution was passed unanimously backing the call for 100,000 council homes a year, with £10 billion of ring-fenced funding, the end of Right to Buy and “no fault” evictions and a number of other important measures that have the potential to transform UK housing. 

It was great to see that his resolution, known as Composite Motion 23, included many points taken from our Charter for Housing Action.

Our task now is to make sure the motion 23 makes it into the Labour Party manifesto and then, if there’s a Labour government, is fully implemented.  It seems a general election is coming soon and although we will remain non-party political, we will do what we can to make sure people know that there is finally real hope for ending the housing 

We’re entering a vital period for the future of housing.  Please make a note of the following meeting dates and try to attend if you can.  Also, please get in touch if you have any ideas for building our campaigns in your local area.

Monday 14th October, 6.30pm, SHAC open meeting, Unite HQ, 128 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8TN

Saturday 19th October, 11am, Homes for All open meeting, Unite the Union, 33 – 37 Moreland Street, London, EC1V 8BB

Saturday 26th October, 12pm, Defend Council Housing national meeting, Unite the Union, 33 – 37 Moreland Street, London, EC1V 8BB