Ed Miliband stopped off at a home in South Ealing last week ahead of a major speech and policy announcement.
He used his visit to meet private tenants before announcing new proposals aimed at helping renters. The borough has a high number of tenants renting privately from landlords, and Mr Miliband said new Labour policy would give them a “fairer deal”.
Ahead of the local elections on May 22, he doorstepped Ruth and Steven Hore in South Ealing on Wednesday last week (April 30). The couple have lived in their home for four years and have children Mae, seven, and Frankie, three. They discussed how they feel about current polices and Labour's plans.
Shortly after his visit, Mr Miliband announced that a Labour government would ban agents' letting fees for tenants, saving renters an average £350. He would also legislate to make three-year tenancies the standard practice, saying this will provide renters with more stability and certainty.
He was joined on his visit by Dr Rupa Huq, parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central and Acton. She said 16,225 out of 48,939 households in Ealing Central were private renters and said: “While the Tory-led government refuses to act, a Labour government will give families the security of a longer tenancy and predictable rents to stop excessive rises so that they can manage tight family finances and plan ahead."