Angela Rayner Slams Rishi Sunak Over Tory Housing Failure

Angela Rayner has criticized Rishi Sunak, referring to him as a “pint-sized loser” as she attacked the Tories’ housing efforts.

As she stood in for Keir Starmer at PMQs, the Deputy Labour leader took aim at Deputy PM Oliver Dowden for his support of Mr Sunak’s bid for PM.

Ms Rayner highlighted reports stating that Mr Dowden had been urging Mr Sunak to call a general election, expressing concerns about the Tories’ prospects. She remarked, “Has he finally realized that when he stabbed Boris Johnson in the back to get his mate into No10, he was ditching their biggest vote winner for a pint-sized loser?”

During Mr Sunak’s 2022 bid for Tory leader, Mr Dowden was a key ally, resigning as Tory Party co-chair while Boris Johnson was Prime Minister. However, Ms Rayner criticized his alignment with Mr Sunak, describing the Tories as being in a “deep state of sewage.”

Ms Rayner accused the Tories of fixating on her housing situation, citing a controversy concerning the sale of her house in 2015. Allegations of electoral law violations, spurred by Tory MP James Daly’s lobbying, are currently under police investigation. These claims suggest that she falsely declared her principal residence, living elsewhere.

Regarding the Tories’ track record, she stated, “After 14 years, they’ve failed renters, leaseholders and mortgage-holders,” questioning why they are concentrating on her home instead of addressing issues such as ending no-fault evictions.

Ms Rayner highlighted the impending risk for over 16,000 families facing eviction due to Liz Truss’s mini-budget, criticizing the former prime minister’s pride in the budget as she promotes a new book around the globe.

In response to Ms Rayner’s criticisms, Mr Dowden humorously commented, “It is a pleasure to have another exchange with the right honourable lady in this House, our fifth in 12 months. Any more of these and she will be claiming it as her principal residence.”

He defended attacks on the Renters Reform Bill, set for debate in the Commons, stating: “The right honourable lady is talking about legislation introduced by this Government which the party opposite totally failed to introduce in their entire time in office.“

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has reneged on the promise to ban no-fault evictions for renters before the general election, instead expressing hope for it to pass into law before the polls. No-fault evictions, commonly known as Section 21 notices, enable landlords to evict tenants without cause, a practice criticized by many charities for contributing to rising homelessness levels.

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