Before 1979 -
Below is the text of Mr Major’s letter to the press on Friday 10th September 1971.
MR JOHN MAJOR:
The miserable performance of Lambeth’s Labour council stumbles on. Councillor Livingstone, vice-
The muddled thinking is implicit in the policy. The council cannot possibly redevelop every site and rehouse every needy applicant for housing. Housing associations can, however, supplement the council’s activity and their help should be accepted. Instead Cllr. Livingstone implies there these organisations do not help those in need. Who on earth does he think they do rehouse?
Furthermore, he states that Lambeth will continue to support associations assisting the old and disabled. This is praiseworthy and yet the very first scheme to be scrapped is one catering for the elderly. Muddled, dishonest – or just plain vindictive?
The dishonesty of the statement continues. It is implied that the previous council “hived off” public land available for housing. This smear repeats a lie in Labour’s election manifesto which they have already been forced to correct in council. Will Cllr. Livingstone now justify his comment or withdraw it, please?
The councillor rounds off his incredibly ill-
John Major, former chairman, Lambeth Housing Committee. 24, Primrose Court, Hydethorpe Rd, SW12.