Austin Mitchell brands Labour's plan to build affordable housing as 'sheer waste'
GRIMSBY MP Austin Mitchell has dismissed his own party’s plans to build 100,000 affordable houses as “sheer waste”.
His comments were made during a speech by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, who called for the new homes and a two-year stamp duty holiday for first-time buyers.
Mr Balls said the £3.4 billion cost should come from the 4G mobile spectrum sale, stressing the need for “urgent” action on economic growth.
But in a tweet during the speech, Mr Mitchell said putting the 4G windfall into affordable homes “which never are” would be “sheer waste”, adding that “public housing for rent” was the real priority.
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The policy disagreement came during the Labour Party’s annual conference.