The Trade Union Bill might as well be abandoned, for all the difference it’s going to make, and the Lords have eviscerated the Tories’ plans for housing.
The party’s infighting over the EU, and it’s leader’s unhealthy connection with tax avoidance, seem likely to scupper Conservative election hopes next week.
And the party is under investigation for electoral fraud that puts the result of last year’s general election in doubt.
Is it time for the Tories to give up?
Tory housing plans were dealt a fresh mauling last night with three more defeats in the House of Lords.
Ministers have now lost 11 votes on their Housing Bill – slammed by Labour as a “dog’s breakfast” that will destroy affordable housing.
Peers voted 253 to 205, majority 48, to force all new English homes to meet a “carbon compliance standard” from April 2018.
They voted 269 to 185, majority 84, to make rural developers contribute to affordable housing even if they build fewer than 10 homes.
Lastly they voted 253 to 188, majority 65, to launch new sustainable drainage systems to reduce flooding.
Peers had already won more than a dozen votes and U-turns to water down the “half-baked” plans.
They overturned plans that would have forced couples on £15,000 a year to leave their homes under Pay to Stay.
And they won a concession on plans to scrap lifetime council tenancies with an exception for people with children still in school.
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