A property guru has said the unoccupied homes owned by affluent people in Kensington are not relevant to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
A list of 1,672 unoccupied multimillionaires' homes has been compiled by Kensington and Chelsea Council.
The Guardian received the list, seemingly via an accidental email from the council.
There have been numerous calls to house the displaced residents of Grenfell Tower in these unused homes, with Jeremy Corbyn having demanded their seizure by the council.
Ed Mead said this discussion was "easy media fodder."
He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "It’s easy media fodder, it makes a great story.
"As you say, it’s a free country and free market, and from that point of view, people are able to buy these things.
"The Government and Kensington and Chelsea Council have had opportunity after opportunity to use the space they have more intelligently and cater for every single sort of socio-economic group for affordable housing.
"They failed to do it. It’s a talking point, but not particularly relevant to the Grenfell Tower tragedy."