Living Rent Hustings Introductory Words

A couple of weeks ago, I chaired a big meeting at the Brighthelm Centre, on behalf of the Living Rent Campaign. Our guests were candidates from a variety of parties standing in the elections coming up on May 7th, and we wanted to hear what they would do about the housing crisis.

Before they spoke, I took a few minutes to introduce the issues from the point of view of our campaign, and the people we have been talking to over the last few months on the streets of Brighton.

Why is there a housing crisis? What should we do about it?

We’ve asked all the candidates up here to start with a 5 minute contribution on what they believe to be the causes of the housing crisis and how their party would resolve it.

Before I ask them to speak, I will briefly outline the Living Rent Campaign’s answers to those questions.

I hope that as well as telling us what they would do, the candidates will take this opportunity to listen to the views and experiences of all of you who have come along tonight. We’ll be asking for questions and contributions from the floor very soon.

Is there a crisis?

Most definitely there is a crisis, and we are feeling it very acutely in Brighton & Hove. When we go out talking to people at our street stalls, we hear the same issues come up again and…

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