For a socialist housing policy

The motion below has been submitted to the London Young Labour conference in January by a group of Marxists who are young members of the Labour party in London. If you are also a London Young Labour member and would like to put your name to this motion please get in touch via contact@marxiststudent.com or through the Marxist Student Federation facebook page.

London Young Labour believes that:

  1. The housing crisis is one of the most significant threats to the standard of living of young people in London

  2. The resources exist for everyone to have a comfortable and affordable home

  3. The primary reason for the housing crisis is the pursuit of profit by a small handful of large construction companies and private landlords, which trumps the satisfaction of the needs of the vast majority of Londoners

London Young Labour mandates the committee to:

  1. Launch a campaign immediately for a massive programme of affordable house building

  2. Argue that this programme must be carried out and funded by the largest construction companies and private landlords

  3. Launch a campaign for the immediate nationalisation without compensation of the businesses and land necessary to carry out this programme in the event that the private owners refuse to participate