New housing minister was Deputy Leader of Westminster council – wanted police to hose homeless off wealthy streets

“Theresa May’s new Housing Minister boasted how he pioneered council policy to make life “more uncomfortable” for rough sleepers.

Kit Malthouse, a key Boris Johnson ally, was moved into the frontbench role after the Foreign Secretary followed Brexit Secretary David Davis in resigning over May’s EU exit strategy on Monday.

Key parts of Malthouse’s role will be to grapple with the country’s housing crisis and to cut homelessness, which has doubled since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

But, as deputy leader of Westminster Council in 2004, he operated a hostile “zero tolerance” drive by the local authority to move homeless people on from the wealthy area’s streets.

One particular tactic saw police officers ask rough sleepers to shift their beds so street cleaners could hose the area. …”

Source: Huffington Post:
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/new-housing-minister-kit-malthouse-operated-callous-policy-to-make-life-more-uncomfortable-for-rough-sleepers_uk_5b43895fe4b07aea7542aa1a?guccounter=

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