Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade, has been awarded Total Politics magazine’s prestigious MP of the Month, for his work to combat squatting.
The two page profile highlights Mike’s success in passing legislation to criminalise squatting in residential premises, as well as his determination to see the law extended to commercial properties, which Mike has recently announced he wants.
Mike campaigned for squatting to be criminalised since his election to Parliament in 2010 and has been supported by the Prime Minister, as well as his colleague the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, the former Secretary of State for Justice.
Mike says squatting is a huge problem in Brighton & Hove, with numerous instances blighting the lives of ordinary people.
Squatters have dubbed the new law ‘Weatherley’s Law’ following Mike’s campaign to introduce the new legislation.
This month’s profile on Mike also notes his popularity with backbench MPs, as well as his general success at lobbying the Government on important issues.
“I am absolutely humbled to be recognised by this coveted accolade. To finally see legislation outlawing squatting on the statue books is reward enough, but it is always nice to receive positive mentions about the work that you do on behalf of residents. The hard work isn’t over yet though – I am now fighting to ensure that squatting is criminalised in commercial properties as well.”
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