Which political party has delivered the most housing in your region?

New homes specialists, Stone Real Estate, has looked at who has delivered the most housing in each region of England during their time in government between the Labour and Conservative party based on historic house building records.

Stone Real Estate looked at the number of homes started and completed by the Labour Government between 2001 and 2010 and the Conservatives after then between 2010 and 2019 to see who has done the most to combat the housing crisis through the delivery of housing stock.

Homes Started

When it comes to the total number of homes started, the Labour party come out top during their nine year window, with a total of 1,354,897 homes started to the Conservatives 1,241,137.

They have seen more homes built across the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, the East and West Midlands, the East of England and the South East, although the Conservatives did start more homes in the North East, London and the South West.

Homes Finished

But forget the number of homes started, how many have actually been delivered?

In the last nine years, the Conservatives have completed 1,211,230 homes, however, in the nine years before that, Labour completed 10.4% more homes (1,337,270), with a whitewash across every region of the England.

The vast majority of homes delivered by Labour were to the private sector, a whopping 86.7% in fact, with the party outperforming in almost every region of England and the Conservatives only delivering more homes through private enterprise in London during their nine years.

However, in perhaps a reversal of roles, the Conservatives have delivered far more homes to the housing association and local authority sectors in the last nine years, with Labour beating them in just one region on housing association delivery over the nine years previous – London.

Founder and CEO of Stone Real Estate, Michael Stone, commented:

“Regardless of your political allegiances, what is very clear is that the number of homes being delivered over almost the last decade has slowed compared to the same time period previous. This is despite a growing population and a greater need for housing and this lack of supply to meet demand is pushing up house prices and pushing homeownership even further out of reach for the average homebuyer.

Politics and property have always been intertwined but this isn’t a case of pitting one against the other and solving the housing crisis should be at the forefront of the Government agenda regardless of who holds the majority, with a long-term, sustainable plan to tackle it head-on so that the aspirations of homeownership don’t die for the next generation of buyers.”

CONSERVATIVE (June 2010 to June 2019)
Category →
Started
Completed
Region ↓
All dwellings
Private enterprise
Housing Associations
Local Authorities
All dwellings
Private enterprise
Housing Associations
Local Authorities
North East
60,930
51,603
6,890
2,437
57,073
47,633
7,030
2,380
North West
140,723
124,077
15,873
763
120,543
102,777
16,817
983
Yorkshire and the Humber
101,933
91,613
9,767
510
98,470
87,500
10,230
770
East Midlands
112,730
95,547
16,307
917
114,703
96,897
16,823
1,030
West Midlands
114,453
91,407
21,403
1,603
108,310
85,357
20,660
2,287
East of England
154,903
127,063
27,063
773
152,160
124,250
27,257
683
London
174,987
121,857
47,567
5,603
184,043
128,053
52,327
3,603
South East
223,013
175,063
46,027
2,013
217,893
169,570
46,593
1,760
South West
157,463
121,403
34,623
1,477
158,033
120,930
35,317
1,817
TOTALS
1,241,137
999,633
225,520
16,097
1,211,230
962,967
233,053
15,313

 

LABOUR (April 2001 to April 2010)
Category →
Started
Completed
Region ↓
All dwellings
Private enterprise
Housing Associations
Local Authorities
All dwellings
Private enterprise
Housing Associations
Local Authorities
North East
60,430
55,123
4,990
337
58,693
54,043
4,340
320
North West
159,123
149,257
9,633
243
154,783
146,157
8,427
263
Yorkshire and the Humber
128,433
123,593
4,787
100
124,230
119,180
5,020
East Midlands
135,330
124,857
10,167
277
135,393
124,997
10,173
220
West Midlands
125,263
111,227
13,543
513
121,540
108,827
12,110
587
East of England
176,443
152,213
24,093
123
172,900
148,790
23,807
283
London
172,467
121,207
51,077
273
179,353
124,853
54,357
203
South East
242,833
202,623
40,047
173
235,043
196,020
38,883
170
South West
154,573
135,123
19,273
167
155,333
136,780
18,417
157
TOTALS
1,354,897
1,175,223
177,610
2,207
1,337,270
1,159,647
175,533
2,203

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