As you may be aware, I, along with Labour colleagues, have been campaigning to prevent the Government’s ill –thought out plan to privatise the land registry and so I really welcome the news that they have decided not to press ahead with it.
This plan would have had negative impacts on the vital service that the registry provides and led to potential job losses across the UK, including in Durham. This was a short sighted move by the Government to sell off a public asset to the highest bidder, instead of taking real measures to engage with the country’s housing crisis through a serious national building project.
Together with PCS union, we delivered a petition against this privatisation signed by over 250,000 people to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and I’m pleased that we were able to help make those voices heard.
This is the third time I have campaigned against Tory plans to privatise of the Land Registry, and I will continue to oppose any attempt at the privatisation of this service that the Government may bring forward in the future.