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I grew up in a council house on this estate... it is where my parents planned for our future. The next generation will not have that security - LABOUR MP SADIQ KHAN YESTERDAY; MIRROR CAMPAIGN: AGAINST CAM'S CRUEL WAR ON TENANTS.

Byline: JACK BLANCHARD Deputy Political Editor

MPs who grew up on council estates across England today demand an end to the Tory war on council tenants.

Senior politicians from working-class backgrounds in all parties have slammed David Cameron's plan to strip tenants of the right to a home for life.

Sadiq Khan, Labour's mayoral candidate in London, said: "This is a real attack on opportunities for the next generation.

"I grew up on a council estate in South London which meant my parents could plan for the future. Tory plans mean the next generation won't have this security."

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson, who wrote an award-winning book about growing up in poverty, added: "This government knows little about the importance of social housing and understands less.

"They consider council tenants to be life's losers, denied security because they have the temerity not to have a mortgage.

"The reality is council tenancy for life has been the bedrock upon which working people have depended to build happy lives for their families."

The Tory plans were unveiled without warning at a little-attended House of Commons committee earlier this week. While people with existing lifetime tenancies will not be affected, they will lose the right to pass their family home on to their children.

And in the future all new tenants will be given short-term leases of between two and five years. They will then face a reassessment that could see them booted out.

The Mirror today launches a Save Our Council Homes campaign to stop the Tory attack on our communities.

We want every reader to write to Mr Cameron and demand he thinks again.

Tory MPs from humble backgrounds also fiercely oppose the plan.

Nadine Dorries, who grew up on a council estate in Liverpool, was furious when the idea was first floated by Mr Cameron back in 2010.

"I spent 25 years in a council house," she wrote.

"The proposal is plain wrong. It is hardly an incentive to find work, set up a business, or seek promotion if, as a result of doing so, FURY Nadine you are evicted in five years.

"Why would people have any pride in their home or neighbourhood? How could communities develop? Council estates would become ghettos for the very poor."

Tory MP, Martin Vickers, who grew up on Senior politicians from working-class backgrounds in all parties have slammed David Cameron's plan to strip tenants of the right to a home for life.

Sadiq Khan, Labour's mayoral candidate in London, said: "This is a real attack on opportunities for the next generation.

a Lincolnshire estate, told the Mirror a twoyear tenancy was much too short. He said: "We must remember we are dealing with people's homes not just bricks and mortar."

The issue has united Labour's divided MPs.

Julie Elliott, chair of Labour's backbench committee on housing, said: "This move will deprive families of a stable home, while breaking up neighbourhoods."

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett also threw her weight behind the campaign, describing the plan as " disastrous".

It is just the latest attack on council housing by millionaire Mr Cameron since he became Prime Minister in 2010.

First he revived Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy policy to sell off what remains of Britain's social housing.

And his promise to replace each home sold with a new one has proved to be hollow.

More than 35,000 council properties have been flogged since 2012, and just 4,000 built to replace them.

The PM is also extending the right to buy to housing association properties, meaning they too will start to disappear.

And in October he announced property developers will no longer be forced to build social housing as part of big new developments. Instead they will build "starter homes" for wealthy first-time buyers costing up to PS450,000.

jack.blanchard@mirror.co.uk

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The five vital questions for those who rent

1. What are lifetime tenancies? Secure tenancies, the norm since 1980, mean council tenants are safe unless badly behaved, this is vital for OAPs and those with health problems.

2. How are they being scrapped? Tenancies of two to five years replace lifelong tenancies. Tenants must reapply for their homes.

3. Who will be affected? Anyone taking up a new secure tenancy, anyone inheriting a council home from a parent or relative (not a spouse). These become five-year tenancies.

4. Who will not be affected? Lifetime tenants are safe, children not. Most housing association tenants are unaffected. Those on introductory tenancies and flexible tenancies.

5. How many are hit? Nobody has been able to tell us. Last year councils owned 1.67 million homes.

Stars are proud of their humble upbringing

MANY leading Brits credit a stable upbringing in a council house as a major part of why they made it.

F1 king Lewis Hamilton claims his roots in a Stevenage council house gave him a "hunger" to succeed.

While Cheryl Fernandez-Versini slammed X Factor flop Wagner when he mocked her upbringing in Newcastle council estates. The Geordie superstar said: "I am very proud of my roots." I'm a Celeb star Duncan Bannatyne says growing up on a council estate in Clydebank, Glasgow, with seven siblings, made him "obsessed with wealth" and determined to achieve it. The tycoon is worth an estimated at PS175million.

Funnyman Frank Skinner grew up in a council house near West Bromwich in the Midlands - but with family support secured an English degree and a masters. Meanwhile Hackney Boy turned film star Idris Elba works with affordable housing projects after growing up on London estates. He says "everyone has a right to own a home."

Leading actor John Hannah says his family's council house in East Kilbride was "a brilliant place to grow up." He bid it a poignant farewell earlier this year.

Help us to stop this law

THE Daily Mirror will fight tooth and nail to halt the Tory war on council tenants.

You can help by filling in this coupon telling David Cameron of your anger and concern. We will gather the responses and deliver them to Downing Street to send a clear message to No10.

And we will continue to campaign here and at www.mirror.co.uk to stop the change in law.

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