Search

Diarmaid Ward’s Twitter ‘trolling’ of Sajid Javid pays off as Islington scores council housing victory

PUBLISHED: 11:54 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:37 22 December 2017

Islington housing boss Cllr Diarmaid Ward, second right, said the forced sell off of council homes 'makes no sense' at a time when the town hall is embarking on a huge council home building programme - such as Blenheim Court in Upper Holloway. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

Islington housing boss Cllr Diarmaid Ward, second right, said the forced sell off of council homes 'makes no sense' at a time when the town hall is embarking on a huge council home building programme - such as Blenheim Court in Upper Holloway. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

2017 Steve Bainbridge

Islington Council’s housing boss can stop being an online “troll” – for now.

For 61 days since October, Cllr Diarmaid Ward has “spammed” cabinet minister Sajid Javid’s Twitter account with demands for the government to stop the forced sale of Islington council homes.

Under the plans, the town hall will be made to sell about 300 “void” council homes – those which become empty – every year. The council said this would mean 1,000 fewer people would be re-housed every year.

But communities secretary Mr Javid wrote to Cllr Ward to say this policy will be delayed until 2019. Cllr Ward said the Twitter posts will stop for now. He added: “This is a big win for our campaign, but we need the government to drop this policy altogether. We will continue to campaign with local people against this unfair policy.

“Forcing councils to sell-off much needed council homes makes no sense. Islington would be the worst affected borough in the country by this plan.”

Latest Islington News Stories

11:30

A former police office and Stoke Newington RAF cadet is now serving his country in another way – after his call handling start-up app was given permission to be contracted by the government.

Yesterday, 20:06

A man in his 40s is in hospital after being stabbed in Stroud Green this morning.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The curtain could finally be raised on a forgotten 400-seat underground theatre beneath Islington Green – a decade after it was built.

Friday, August 17, 2018

A popular Blackstock Road boozer was reportedly ordered to close on Wednesday because of an ongoing licensing dispute.

Friday, August 17, 2018

City and Islington College (CANDI) students are “over the moon” after bagging places at some of the “world’s best universities” on an emotional A-level results day.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Crew members at Islington Fire Station raised £316 for a “wonderful” cause by hosting a charity car wash.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Cheery 236 bus driver Nelson Campos tells the Gazette why he loves his current route between Islington and Hackney – and reminisced about working for the home office, courts and the police.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The headteacher of North Bridge House Senior Canonbury has lauded the efforts of his students on A-level results day.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now