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Welcome to Red Brick, a blog founded in 2010 by Tony Clements and Steve Hilditch and now edited by Steve and our pseudonymous friend ‘Monimbo’.
It is a progressive political blog with a particular focus on housing policy. As a forum it is open to anyone interested in progressive debate about homes, housing and communities, and wider politics. We are linked to the Labour Housing Group but the views expressed here are those of individual authors and/or the editors and are not necessarily the view of LHG or London LHG.
Steve Hilditch is retired after a 40+ year career in housing. He worked all over the country as a housing consultant for the last 20 years, having previously been assistant director of housing for a London borough and head of policy for Shelter.
He advised a number of Select Committees, including a major inquiry into homelessness and inquiries into the implications of the credit crunch for housing. He worked on the Labour government’s review of the council housing finance system and drafted the first London Mayor’s Housing Strategy (Mayor Livingstone, that is). He chaired the government project group that established the National Tenant Voice, regrettably closed down by the Coalition government shortly after its birth.
Steve has been a Labour Party member since 1972 and chaired Paddington constituency party and the Labour Housing Group in the 1980s. He was a leading Westminster ‘objector’, helping expose the Homes for Votes scandal under Lady Porter.
Brought up on a council estate in Newcastle, Steve studied economics and geography at University College London and housing and planning at LSE and has been visiting professor to the University of Westminster. His hairshirt is that he is a lifelong supporter of Newcastle United.
Tony Clements worked as a policy adviser for John Healey when he was a DCLG Minister, working more recently for housing associations and local authorities.
Monimbo is a senior housing policy specialist writing under a pseudonym.
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