On Wednesday night, Tory MPs voted down an amendment from the House of Lords to the Bill, which would have prohibited the owner of a building from passing on any remediation costs to leaseholders and tenants that this Bill will trigger.
Elliot Colburn MP and Paul Scully MP both voted against this crucial measure, whilst Liberal Democrat MPs voted in favour.
Hina Bokhari, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Sutton & Cheam, said:
“Liberal Democrats are fighting for Sutton residents, especially those in Worcester Park who were affected by the fire at Richmond House, but it is shameful that our two Conservative MPs keep letting residents down. For them both to reject this vital amendment is a hammer blow to leaseholders, who now face the prospect of financial ruin, trapped in unsafe homes.
“The Conservative Government's woefully inadequate safety fund doesn’t address cladding on an estimated 2 million homes under 18 metres, nor the many other fire safety defects in countless other blocks of any height.
“But the fight is not over. Liberal Democrats will continue the fight to ensure leaseholders will not be held responsible for the defective and dangerous construction by developers - both here in Sutton, and across the country."
The End Our Cladding Scandal campaign group, who have been fighting for leaseholders and tenants affected by cladding issues, said that "millions of people will go to sleep tonight feeling trapped and abandoned. We won't forget this - and we will certainly not stop fighting in our campaign for fairness".