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Lord Tebbit: Bedroom tax will cost Tories

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government

Lord Tebbit: Bedroom tax will cost Tories Lord Tebbit: Bedroom tax will cost Tories

Lord Tebbit has warned the Conservative Party that the bedroom tax will cost them votes at next year's general election.

The Tory grandee, who served in Margaret Thatcher's government throughout the 1980s, spoke out against the controversial under-occupation penalty during an event in parliament hosted by the Bow Group.

Delivering the right-wing think-tank's first Annual State of the Conservative Party Address, he said the chances of the Conservatives winning the next election were "not looking too hopeful".

"I worry about what Labour chooses to call the bedroom tax," he said. "Because so often what is a spare room is in fact a vital part of the looking after an elderly person. It enables their relatives to come, it enables carers to be there."

He added: "I think we introduced that rather without thinking it through very well, and I think that's costing us."

Ministers insist the bedroom tax is necessary to reduce the housing benefit bill and to tackle over-crowding in the social housing sector.

The Labour Party has said the measure unfairly targets poorer people as well as the disabled and has pledged to abolish it win power in 2015.

The Tory peer, who is no admirer of David Cameron or the coalition, told party activists that the leadership needed to woo back Ukip voters if it had any chance of winning the next election.

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