The UK housing crisis is a hot topic and regardless of how you politically align yourself, governments from all sides of the political spectrum have done little to address or resolve the issue in a meaningful way.
Our very own CEO Russell Quirk knows more than most, having previously sat as a councillor on Brentwood Council. Russell has seen first-hand how archaic government practices and policies, coupled with many politicians worrying more about their short-term vote-ability than the next generation of homeowners, can prevent sensible suggestions on housing fall by the wayside.
Russell stepped down from politics in 2015 to focus full time on Emoov but is due to take the stage in a political spotlight once again this month, as he prepares to speak at a Labour Conference Fringe Event in association with Progress, the ‘New’ Labour organisation.
Progress describe themselves as a movement of centre-left Labour party members and supporters who wish to promote progressive but centrist politics. They are an independent organisation that campaigns for Labour victories at every level of public life.
Russell will be talking on a panel titled Home is Where the Heart is: Can We Solve Britain’s Housing Crisis?
Russell will be joined on the panel by Jon Healey MP – the Shadow Housing Minister, Dawn Foster – a columnist at the Guardian and Cllr Peter Mason – Cabinet Member for Housing, Planning and Transformation at Ealing Council.
Russell will be taking the opportunity to present his own strategy to fix the broken housing market and while we can’t give away too much detail, it’s a tried and tested process that he implemented during his time on Brentwood council with great results. Let’s see if, at last, politicians take notice and actually utilise people with deep property experience to help solve our country’s housing crisis?
The discussion takes place on Sunday 23rd September at 12:45 pm in the Martin Luther King Building of the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.