UK Politics

House Rules

At a talk given today at Northumbria University Alan Milburn unveiled his new concept of radical centrism.

With a new Conservative leadership pointing with its head towards the centre but with its heart to the right, for Labour to withdraw to old left positions would be fatal. We must instead force our opponents where they want to be in their hearts – on the right – by taking the radical centre ground. That means developing new policies to reward aspiration, enhance choice and empower communities and families alike.

One new policy he seems particularly keen on is selling off council-built houses at a discount

councils should use planning policy to ensure affordable housing for sale as well as rent.

He doesn’t see why housing associations should be left out either

We should explore whether a right to buy or partially buy can be extended to housing association tenants

It’s clear what he’s been reading since he left government.