The lack of housing discussion in TV leaders’ debate ‘really disappointing’

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer went head to head in the first leadership debate of the general election campaign on Tuesday night, with an hour of trading blows on live TV.

With the Conservatives trailing Labour by large, double-digit leads in the opinion polls, Sunak was seen as going into the debate under more pressure to perform strongly.

The prime minister was on the offensive from the start, repeatedly accusing Labour of planning to increase taxes, and directly challenging Starmer on what he would do on certain policy issues such as immigration.

The cost of living was a topic of hot debate, while tax, immigration, and the NHS were among the main issues debated by the pair. But housing was notably ignored.

In response to the extremely limited housing policy discussion in Tuesday night’s TV debate, Rightmove’s property commentator, Tim Bannister, said: ‘At a time when house prices and rents are at record highs, it’s really disappointing to see that housing barely got a look in during last night’s debate. People need to hear much more about what long term solutions there could be to help more people to move, especially renters who weren’t mentioned at all.

“We hope to see housing get much more attention over the coming weeks. There are many complex issues affecting different groups of people that need to be discussed.”

Via @PropertyIndustryEye