How high-priority will housing be for the new Johnson government?

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With five years ahead, the Conservatives have a real chance to tackle the housing crisis – but this depends on where the sector sits on their to-do list

“We are in a mess on the housing agenda – we are not delivering the numbers we want.

“There are more children living in bed and breakfasts this Christmas than ever before by some way. They are not out of the streets, but they are living with parents in bed and breakfasts surrounded by people you wouldn’t want your children to be surrounded by.

“The Conservative party doesn’t understand the serious issues that come from deprivation and losing your job. It’s lost its sense of compassion and needs start winning it back and one aspect of that is the housing agenda.”

Who said this? Not a broken-hearted Labour activist after last week’s election but the former leader of Conservative-run Cambridgeshire county council.

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