Poverty over­looked with Brexit

Sunday Sun - - Comment&analysis -

SOME peo­ple crit­i­cised Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn when he asked Prime Minister Theresa May about Uni­ver­sal Credit last week – in­stead of ask­ing about Brexit.

But there’s a lot more go­ing on in our coun­try than Brexit. In fact, one of the tragedies of Brexit is that it’s meant other im­por­tant ne­glected.

Eas­ing­ton MP Gra­hame Mor­ris spoke out in the House of Com­mons last week about one of the most im­por­tant is­sues – hous­ing.

He said some pri­vate land­lords “are not act­ing in a so­cially re­spon­si­ble man­ner”, ad­ding: “That is is­sues get cer­tainly ev­i­dent in some of the for­mer min­ing com­mu­ni­ties that I rep­re­sent in east Durham.

“Many peo­ple now find them­selves liv­ing among derelict houses.

“Di­lap­i­dated hous­ing, smashed win­dows, ar­son and fly-tip­ping are the epi­taph of a failed pri­vate rented sec­tor mar­ket in Hor­den, in my con­stituency.”

This is just one of the is­sues that MPs raise ev­ery day.

It’s quite pos­si­ble that Brexit will con­tinue to dom­i­nate Bri­tish pol­i­tics long af­ter this week’s vote. But for many peo­ple, a lot of other is­sues are equally im­por­tant. Gra­hame Mor­ris MP

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