Are landlords trying to force Labour-voting tenants to support the Tories?

Votes for rent: How many people are tenants of private landlords? Enough to unduly influence an election if they are coerced into voting for a candidate they don’t want; a party whose policies would harm them?

I find this tweet extremely disturbing:

When I first moved to Mid Wales, I was told that it had been a common event for Conservative-voting landlords to visit their Labour-supporting tenants during a general election and blackmail them: vote Tory or be kicked onto the street.

I asked whether that still happened and didn’t get a clear answer.

So when I saw Grace Krause’s tweet, alarm bells rang in my head.

Are landlords blackmailing their tenants into voting for a government that intends to harm them?

If so, that is to be stopped.

The Tories won’t stop it – they love a bit of corruption if it favours them.

So let me appeal to anybody facing this kind of coercion: DISOBEY. Vote Labour and report your landlord to the Electoral Commission for trying to influence the result of the election.

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  1. Debbie Wiles November 30, 2019 at 1:24 am - Reply

    I’m a council tenant in a town run by Tories (with a bankrupt county council), with a Tory MP who lives 83 miles away, and gives Westminster as his address on the ballot. My housing officer likes my Corbyn and Vote Labour posters :) I already posted my Labour vote – not going to get caught out by unreliable post :)

  2. Ian Fraser November 30, 2019 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Nothing new there Mike, I believe that when the first women, the wives of property owners, got the vote, the Tories thought that it would increase their support at the ballot box as the women would vote as their husbands told them to.

  3. carolyn adams November 30, 2019 at 3:12 am - Reply

    l knew it democracy no longer exists . anyone who interfers with anyone right to chose and vote needs to loose every property they own film whats happening get proof ect and get the troglodytes punished
    and tenants have rights too

  4. Jo Owen November 30, 2019 at 7:57 am - Reply

    Your vote is actually (allegedly) private and landlords shouldn’t find out who you vote for. You can always use a Tory tactic and lie to them or just stay silent and if they do find out scream corruption from the highest treetop.

  5. Growing Flame November 30, 2019 at 11:48 am - Reply

    An active Labour enthusiast in one of our local villages regretfully told me that, though she is out leafletting regularly, she can’t put a “Vote Labour” poster in her window as her landlord won’t allow it.

    No doubt, though, the landlords will say that they ban ALL election posters. But that is a disingenuous, because they know that over 80% of newspapers that are read in the UK are fanatical Tory supporters, but they don’t ban newspaper deliveries to their houses.

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