It’s lining up to be a busy day for the Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey when he sits down to speak to the Yorkshire Post. The Government has just unveiled a Budget to “reignite the dream of home ownership” and as Labour’s Shadow Housing Secretary he’s one of the first up to bat at the Despatch Box.
In his 20 years in Parliament, he has held four different frontbench housing positions, including a year as Minister of State under Gordon Brown’s premiership. When you get him on to the subject of homes it’s easy to see why. As he talks, you get a real sense that for him, this is more than just a portfolio; it’s a passion.