Labour MP living in social housing is 'upsetting, insulting and really outrageous', says property expert

Kate Osamor

Kate Osamor MP at the Labour party conference. Image: 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The news that Labour MP Kate Osamor is living in social housing despite a combined household income of up to £130,000 is "upsetting, insulting and really outrageous", property expert Luke Doonan has said.

The property developer and social housing expert appeared on the breakfast show to discuss the news that Ms Osamor and her son Ishamel, are living in £750,000 social housing in north London, despite their combined earnings registering them ineligible for the property.



Mr Doonan said Ms Osamor had an "absolute self-entitlement" and the revelation had to "spark a change" in the way social housing is allocated.

"We have someone who is meant to be working for us in Haringey who is a public servant who clearly, like many people in power, just seems to have this absolute self-entitlement. I find that one, upsetting, insulting and really outrageous," he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"I know mothers with two or three kids who are in one rooms and bedsits in Haringey. This has to spark a change I'm afraid."


'Going back to Victorian times'

Mr Doonan added that around 10 per cent of social housing was "in the wrong hands", and likened the housing crisis to a "wartime emergency".

"We're dealing with 40 years of government and local councils not looking after the housing stock they have, and hence you get this outrageous abuse to be honest.

"We're going back to Victorian times. We have more people in living in beds and sheds, we have more people paying £50 a week to sleep in a bed from seven in the morning to seven in the evening, and then a different person comes along and sleeps in that same bed from seven in the evening to seven in the morning.

"The housing crisis in London and other cities across the UK, it's almost like we're at war and it's a wartime emergency."