What housing pledges are contained in the main parties’ manifestos?

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As the 2019 general election draws ever closer, David Blackman scrutinises how the main parties plan to meet housing demand

A key subplot of the 2017 general election turned out to be the so-called “youthquake”, which helped to propel Labour so unexpectedly close to becoming the largest party in the House of Commons. One of the factors widely recognised to have fuelled the swing to Labour among younger voters was disgruntlement about housing.

The major parties have learned lessons from this, with a set of manifestos tailored to address the concerns of “generation rent”. But while Labour and the Conservatives may be addressing a common problem, their solutions differ markedly, with the former prioritising social housing supply and the latter keen to boost home ownership.

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