Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade, along with Mike Stimpson, Chair of the Southern Landlords Association, has hand-delivered a personal letter to the Prime Minister calling for anti-squatting legislation to be extended to commercial properties.
Mike was instrumental in the criminalisation of squatting in residential properties, which doesn’t include commercial properties in September 2012.
“I was delighted that Mike Stimpson from the Southern Landlords Association could join me in delivering my letter to the Prime Minister. For too long squatters have run roughshod over the wishes of local communities. The law criminalising squatting in residential properties has been a real success. Now we need to extend it to commercial.”
“The Prime Minister was very supportive of the initial legislation so I am confident that he will back criminalising squatting outright.”
As a consequence of Mike’s role in passing the new law, squatters have led a vitriolic campaign against the MP on Twitter and routinely call for his death.
A whole website has even been created to monitor Mike’s death.