Clive Lewis, Labour’s MP for Norwich South, raised his concerns about education and housing in his first speech in the House of Commons today.
The speech, known as a Maiden Speech, gives newly elected MPs the opportunity to talk about the history of their constituency and highlight important issues which affect their area.
While Mr Lewis took the opportunity to celebrate the rich history of Norwich, he also raised his concerns about the severe housing shortage in the city and the recent actions of the Inspiration Trust.
On housing, Mr Lewis described the government’s plan to allow people to buy Housing Association homes as ‘economically incompetent as it is ideologically obnoxious’ and spoke of the division the policy will cause in the city. He also stated that this move by the government would result in higher rents, and an increased housing benefit bill.
On education, the MP slammed the growing presence of the Inspiration Trust, raising recent controversies surrounding the future of the Hewett School; a campaign which he has been leading alongside the local We’re Backing Hewett group. He spoke of the campaign as one which he was proud to be part of and finished his speech by pledging that peace, sustainability, equality and social justice will be at the heart of his job, stating ‘my constituents deserve nothing less, and nothing less will they get.’