Who is sponsoring Mike Freer’s vendetta on squatting?

By Steve Rushton (Occupy News Network)

mike freerMike Freer is the MP at the centre of ‘Daftgate’. Squatters invited him to engage in a meeting. Afterwards, he unwittingly hit return and sent a message about what he thought of the invitation – he sent this back to the squatters. It was meant for a Conservative colleague.

This email, starts with with response to the request to engage in a democratic discussion. “Err no.” The email went on to call the squatters “numb-nuts”, and the police’s actions “daft”.

This disrespect for the democratic process deepens further, when you consider his campaign funding and vendetta against squatting. Along with Mike Weatherley, he has pushed for it to be a criminal offence to recycle an empty residential property.

Search the Money – a research tool to see who is funding the Conservatives – shows Mike Freer has accepted money thousands of pounds from four property developers and investors in housing.

Excelsior Properties donated £25,000 to Mr Freer, they are luxury apartment developers based in Finchley (North London).  They are owned by Mr Neel Harshad Khiroya,

Lakeside Developments Ltd donated £5,000, they are an estate agent based in Clerkenwell, (Central London) Business listings

They co directors are David and Barbara Glass.

Brookstream Properties Limited donated £10,000.00, they are estate agents based in the Harrow, West London. Their owners are listed as Grosvenor Financial Nominees Limited, and Luke and Brian Comer. The two brothers were rated 11th in their native Ireland’s rich list, for their international multi-million dollar property empire worth over €375 million.

Sun Mark Ltd donated £1,962.13. This company based in Greenford, West London.Their chairman, Dr. Rami Ranger MBE business interests include property development, and is ranked 785th on the UK rich list (2012).

In Britain, it is estimated by the Empty Homes Agency that there is 1,290,000 empty dwelling or unused commercial properties with potential to become a home.

Empty properties serve as assets for the financial elites, and benefits landlords and property developers. The reduction in supply pushes house and rent prices higher – this explains why they want to criminalise squatting.

In contrast, keeping properties empty worsens Britain’s housing crisis, also the increased cost of houses deepens social inequality and worsens poverty.

While the new squatting laws – making it a crime to squat in empty residential building is expected to kill more people this winter. In February, Daniel Gauntlett was the first person known to die directly from Section 144.

This pattern of political donation – some may call bribes – is repeated by the other key MP attempting to criminalise squatting Mike Weatherley.

Mike Weatherley

Parliamentary records show that Mr Weatherley has been supported by political donations from the following property tycoons, investor and multi-millionaires: –

Ray Bloom: £1,797.07 and

Stewart Newton: £12,000 and

Sir Tim Sainsbury: £2,500.

Mr Weatherley, was also given money prior to winning his election in Hove that is detailed by the research resource search the money. This details how he has received over £150,000 in political donations including from property investors Hambrook Estate Limited, as well as the property investors the Lewis Trust Group Ltd: £2,000, Elitist United and Cecil Club and Winston Churchill Dining Clubs and Millionaire property trader Mike Holland and developer John D Regan.

This cash has meant that Mike Weatherley has combined with landlord lobbyists to campaign for anti-squatting laws. These two people and their organisations: show what the cause Weatherley is being paid to stand up for.

(This article (about Weatherley) was originally published on Steve Rushton Writing & Research.)

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