Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has won Total Politics Magazine’s prestigious MP of the Month competition for his work to combat squatting.
In the two page profile by the popular political magazine, Mike’s success in passing legislation to criminalise squatting in residential premises is examined, as well as his determination to see the law extended to commercial properties, which Mike has recently announced.
Mike has been campaigning for squatting to be criminalised since his election to Parliament in 2010 and has been supported by the Prime Minister, as well as his colleague the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, the former Secretary of State for Justice. Squatting is a huge problem in Brighton & Hove, with numerous instances of this organised and frequently menacing behaviour blighting the lives of ordinary people. Irate squatters have dubbed the new law “Weatherley’s Law” following Mike’s campaign to introduce the new legislation.
Mike has previously had an ‘Honourable Mention’ in Total Politics for his work in highlighting Intellectual Property and copyright through his Rock the House competition. This month’s ‘MP of the Month’ profile on Mike also notes his popularity with backbench MPs, as well as his general success at lobbying the Government on important issues. The November edition of Total Politics is now available in shops and online at www.totalpolitics.com
Commenting, Mike said: “I am absolutely humbled to be recognised by this coveted accolade. To finally see legislation outlawing squatting on the statue books is reward enough, but it is always nice to receive positive mentions about the work that you do on behalf of residents. The hard work isn’t over yet though – I am now fighting to ensure that squatting is criminalised in commercial properties as well.”