Scottish Conservatives promise to resurrect Right to Buy
The Scottish Conservatives have pledged that they would re-introduce the Right to Buy in the unlikely event they win power in Scotland.
The pledge, which appears in the party’s manifesto for the Westminster election in May, comes as representatives from Labour, the SNP, the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Socialist Party told an SFHA hustings event last night that Right to Buy was “dead and buried in Scotland”.
Speaking at her party’s manifesto launch yesterday, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson (pictured) said: “This Scottish Conservative party is serious about Scotland. We decry the soggy, centre-left consensus and yes, we do things a different way.
“But we are cowed no more –and we are willing to challenge and to fight for a better deal for working Scotland.”
Prime minister David Cameron also spoke at the manifesto launch, telling attendees that Davidson is “someone who is showing with vim and vigour that Conservatives are not just about balancing the books”, but “head, heart and soul passionate about helping people get on in life”.
He added: “I am proud to stand alongside her and proud of how she is leading Conservatives in Scotland today.”
The Scottish manifesto says the Conservatives have “a clear objective to provide more affordable homes and help people to get on the housing ladder”.
Responding to the announcement, SFHA chief executive Mary Taylor said: “Yesterday’s announcement by the Scottish Conservatives – that they would re-introduce the Right to Buy in Scotland – is not relevant at present as this is a Westminster Election, and housing policy is devolved in Scotland.
“It detracts from the real issue at stake – there is a housing crisis across the whole of the UK, and we need all political parties to sign up to solving it by increasing the supply of social homes, not selling off much needed stock.
“We wholeheartedly welcomed the announcement in 2013 by the Scottish Government that Right to Buy would end in Scotland. The SFHA and our members campaigned for its abolition for years, and we congratulated the Scottish Parliament for bringing about its demise.”