JEREMY CORBYN has said he would give up the prime minister’s country residence Chequers if he wins next Thursday’s General Election.
The Labour leader said he would follow shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s lead and give the stately Buckinghamshire home, which has been used by every PM since Lloyd George, to a homeless family.
Mr McDonnell said he would do the same with No.11 Downing Street.
Asked about it in an interview with ITV’s Julie Etchingham, Mr Corbyn said: ‘I would indeed. It can’t be right. We’re a country with 150 billionaires and we’ve still got people sleeping on the streets.’
Mr McDonnell yesterday said Labour was committed to abolishing poverty ‘once and for all’, as the party criticised the Tories for creating a ‘cost-of-living crisis’ with about 135,000 children homeless at Christmas.
He said: ‘Children going hungry and homeless in the fifth largest economy in the world begs the question: are we really living up to the values of Christianity — or any other of our religions or beliefs for that matter? We don’t believe it’s enough to offer people a hand-out or hand-up out of poverty.
‘We want to abolish poverty once and for all within our society.’
Labour will today accuse Tory policies of being ‘directly responsible’ for ‘people living and dying on the streets’, while they set out their plans to end rough sleeping in England within five years.
The party vows to build thousands of new homes to get people off the streets.
Shadow housing secretary John Healey said: ‘Rising homelessness shames us all in a country as well-off as ours.’
Over five years, Labour proposes a £600million ‘modern hostels fund’ to provide quality homeless accommodation, with 5,000 extra bed spaces and a £200million fund to upgrade hostels.
In yearly spending, it would use £100million for emergency winter shelter and £1billion from council budgets to pay for staffing, support and funding to relink housing allowance with rents.