“Turn Buckingham Palace into council flats,” says Labour’s London housing spokesman

Buckingham Palace should be used to provide a solution to the social housing crisis in London, Labour’s London housing spokesman Tom Copely has suggested.

Copely’s provocative remarks, calling for the eviction of the Queen from her 775-bedroom London residence, were made at the annual Class conference.

Addressing an audience of trade-unionists and Labour supporters, Copely said:  “I almost think my opening gambit should be that the solution to the housing crisis should be the late Mo Mowlam’s proposal that we turn Buckingham Palace into council housing - which I always thought wasn’t a particularly bad idea.”

His remarks followed outrage from the right-wing press over his description over media coverage of the birth of Prince George as “stomach-churning”.

Yesterday, Copely defended the sentiments in an article in the Guardian slamming the expenses the royal family rack up, comparing them to the abuses by MPs seen in the expenses scandal.

Tory vice-chairman Bob Neill said that Copely’s call to repossess the Palace was “mean-spirited and vindictive”.

“Not content with spouting drivel on his blog, Tom Copley has continued to wage war against the royal family this week,” he said.

“These kind of vindictive and mean-spirited ideas won’t wash with most people. He couldn’t be more out of touch.

“The public want politicians who do their job, not who spend their time on a foolish anti-monarchy campaign whose sole aim is self-publicity.”

Copely later admitted that he may have misquoted Mowlam’s recommendations for repurposing the palace, as she had suggested that the palace should become a museum and the Queen could live in an expensive home elsewhere.

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Readers' comments (4)

  • keith pearce

    That has got to be the most stupid statement I have ever seen in my life!!! up there with MR G Ratners !!!! Labour run by a son of a immigrants and backed by total idiots that make statements like this !!!! Has he heard of the tourist trade? has he heard that if we did not have something special like history and a Royal family we would be nothing in this world? He needs locking in a small room for the rest of his life Idiot!!

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  • keith pearce

    So angry at this Tom copely that I would charge him with treason and hang him !!!

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  • What a complete idiot Copely must be,I always thought that people with jobs like his, got them because they had brains. The money that the Royal family brings into the UK is beyond dispute. He should be sacked, with no payout!!

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  • What idiots like Copley forget is that if we had an elected President, which I presume he would prefer, is that firstly it would be a politician (ugh) who would probably cost just as much to keep as the Queen does. Official residences would still be required and would still have to be maintained. The Royal family do a lot for charities and similar organisations and probably make for the country in terms of tourism than they cost. And as for cost, the royal family gave up the rights to income from its estates in exchange for a much lower income from the State. It's win-win for the country, and a poke in the eye for anti-monarchists.

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