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Labour and SNP 'buy to let MPs' did not vote for controversial amendment

The row over Tory MPs who voted against a bid to ensure all homes let to private tenants were “fit for human habitation” has taken a new twist.

This is because it has been revealed other parties also have MPs who are landlords and who did not vote for the proposal.

Last week a Labour amendment to the Housing & Planning Bill called on landlords to ensure their properties were kept to a fit standard for human habitation; Conservatives declared this to be a stunt and say it would create further red tape for landlords.


A row broke out over 72 Tory MPs - who each earned at least £10,000 each per year from letting out homes - who were amongst those who voted against the bill. 

However, it now appears substantial numbers of other ‘landlord MPs’ didn’t vote for the measure too.

Research by the International Business Times suggests 25 Labour and seven SNP MPs, along with a Liberal Democrat MP, were themselves landlords receiving in excess of £10,000 a year, and did not vote for the measure.

Instead they abstained, as did 23 other Tory MPs who are landlords receiving £10,000-plus.


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