Jeremy Corbyn has said that he hopes to attend a march taking place in Holloway, this Saturday, calling on the government to build council housing rather than luxury flats on the site of HMP Holloway.
Speaking to the press, the Labour leader, in whose constituency the prison is based said:
'I have already raised with Sadiq Khan the question of building appropriate housing there. The Holloway Prison site is a massive opportunity to get a good quality development that meets the needs of people in this borough. It’s quite early days yet, but my impression is that the Ministry of Justice wants to sell quickly. It’s so important this doesn’t become expensive luxury flats. I am proud to represent this community and I am constantly very, very upset about the levels of bad quality housing some people are forced to live in. We can do a lot with this site.”
The demonstration has been called by Islington Kill the Housing Bill and the Reclaim Justice Network. The demonstration will rally at 11.30 am outside London Metropolitan University (Holloway Road) and then march to Holloway Prison at 12:00pm.
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