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.”

1 comment

  • What is the evidence that there is a link of causality between thing (1 - cllr's tweets) and thing (2 - suspension of policy)?

    Report this comment

    anitacyclist

    Friday, December 22, 2017

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 16:28

Police are appealing for information on Islington teenager Marcus Simmonds, who has been missing from his St Paul’s Road home since Saturday.

Yesterday, 15:50

A man has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon as murder police continue to investigate the stabbing of 20-year-old Kwasi Anim-Boadu on the Andover Estate.

Yesterday, 15:43

In a weekly feature, we profile and champion a fascinating shop or company doing business here in Islington. This week, we visited Newington Green’s Acoustic: Jeremy Corbyn’s favourite restaurant.

Yesterday, 11:37

A parent has called for greater police presence in troubled Rosemary Gardens after a huge brawl yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday, 11:05

Islington South and Finsbury MP Chris Smith offered himself as a “swap” for hostages on a hijacked Kuwaiti airliner.

Yesterday, 10:09

A man was stabbed in the Cally’s Outram Estate on Saturday night.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 20-year-old was knifed to death in Finsbury Park..

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fans outside Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium today greeted news of Arsene Wenger’s resignation with relief – but also spoke of sadness at the end of an era.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“I try and do my best to enhance the young person’s capabilities. I’m very focused on their education, their wellbeing and their cultural needs.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

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