For those who haven't read the story, she bought a flat in Maidstone several years ago and classes it as her main home, despite the fact that she and her family live in Wapping in East London. Her neighbours in maidstone say the flat has never been lived in and was empty until last Sunday when Lady Uddin arrived in her BMW 4X4 and put some curtains up and put a mat outside the front door. Coincidentally, this was the day after she got a phone call from the Sunday Times asking why she claims £30,000 a year on her second home in London, when it is clearly her main home.
One thing the Sunday Times doesn't make enough of is that the house Lady Uddin lives in in Wapping is a Housing Association property, and she pays a highly subsidised rent. That she has the nerve to live in a Housing Association Home built for low income residents in the East End of London whilst milking the taxpayer will leave most decent Labour Party members with a sense of disgust.
She is presumably therefore stopping a homeless family from having a roof over their heads - ain't socialism grand! There are 20,000 people in Tower Hamlets waiting to be housed who will no doubt be delighted that she is getting a double subsidy. She'd be well aware of that as she used to be leader of Tower Hamlets Council.
What is it about Labour politicians who delight in doing this? Why does Frank Dobson still live in a council property when he could easily afford not to, and free it up for a deserving case?
UPDATE: Via Tim Worstall. From Lady Uddin's website...
I have a great sense of belonging to the East End which has been my home for over thirty years. This historical part of London can always acclaim the highest moral ground for embracing the richness of our cultural, social and religious diversity. The tenacity of our people continue to amaze me every day, the Champion of yesteryears have moved on to acquire social and political status leaving grand legacies which has been taken on and continued by the successful Bangladeshi communities in the true honour bound tradition of the east enders.So, what would you say is her main home, then? Yup, me too.
Tower Hamlets has not only been my home, it is where my professional and political career has taken shape, where my children have grown up, and also where I served as a local councillor for 8 years.