Tom Tugendhat says 'more new homes' is 'solution' to housing crisis, but forgets one key detail

Tom Tugendhat says 'more new homes' is 'solution' to housing crisis, but forgets one key detail

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Please spare a thought for Tory leadership candidate Tom Tugendhat, because as the UK braces for extreme heat over the next couple of days, the military man is being roasted over his plan for housing as well.

Somebody give that man a Solero!

Mr Tugendhat, who chairs the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, summarised a new article he wrote for The Telegraph in just two sentences: “We need to build more new homes. That’s the solution to the housing crisis.”

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The article reads: “Building more homes must be a political imperative for the Conservatives. We know that people who have a mortgage or own their home outright are much more likely to vote for our party than Labour. We are a party that stands for aspiration and capitalism. What is capitalism without capital?

“However, as successive governments have found to their detriment, presenting housing as a numbers game creates more enemies than friends.

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“Rather than Labour’s plan to pave over paradise without giving the inhabitants a say, we need to empower local people to make the decisions that are best for their families and communities.”

The comment on Labour echoes one made during Friday’s ConservativeHome hustings, during which Mr Tugendhat said the rival party’s approach to housing would “concrete over the whole country and leave us with socialist homes”.

Yet the hopeful’s short and sweet summary of his proposals hasn’t exactly gone down well with Twitter – as many pointed out his suggestion of building “more new homes” seemed to forget the word “affordable”:

The ridicule is probably the last thing Mr Tugendhat needs ahead of the next televised leadership debate, which is set to get underway on Sunday at 7pm on ITV.

It comes a day before the next round of voting, which will see the candidate with the fewest votes eliminated.

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