June 17, 2024

Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation thanks patron Ed Davey

EdDaveyCampaign against retirement leasehold exploitation / LKP is deeply saddened that one of its three MP patrons, LibDem Ed Davey, lost his Kingston and Surbiton seat at Thursday’s general election.

With England voting for financial rectitude, and in alarm at the rising power of the SNP, only the Conservative party benefitted from the achievements of the Coalition.

The result was a massacre of the LibDems, and Ed was one of several leading figures to lose.

Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation / LKP thanks Ed for all his support in our efforts to make retirement housing and leasehold fairer.

It was thanks to him that Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation staged a meeting at the Commons in the autumn of 2009.

He also raised the issue of the Peverel / Cirrus price-fixing with the authorities before Peverel admitted the practices to the Office of Fair Trading.

Ed was indignant that Peverel qualified for leniency in the OFT’s tardy and feeble investigation.

With Sir Peter Bottomley, he grilled the OFT director demanding an explanation.

It was thanks to this that the Competition and Markets Authority held its inquiry into leasehold management, which has had the benefit of confirming that abuses do take place and that changes are required.

As Ed was the Energy Secretary and in the Cabinet, he had little time to give to leasehold issues, but when his weight was requested he did not hesitate to assist us in our work.

There was little upside in doing so.

Most MPs are happy enough to write – usually misconceived – letters about leasehold, and leave it at that.

On the other hand, Ed understood the considerable commercial interests in play and how they set about monetising the sector.

He was generous with the limited time at his disposal in assisting us.

We believe that Ed has left an achievement of outstanding public service. It is our hope that this is not the end of his political career.



  1. Thank you very much Mr Edward Davey for the concern that you have shown in the area of Leasehold Reform.

    The Conservatives benefited from the 5 years in Coalition thanks to MPs like you.

    If in the future you require assistants in what ever you decide to undertake in research matters then Sebastian has my email address.

    Whilst only once voting for the Liberal Democrats in the past, with MPs as your self, it should not be long before you recover the standings that you deserve..

    Greatest respect:- Charles Willis – Ashbrook Court.

  2. A heartfelt thank you for all you have done in the cause of leasehold reform.
    The Lib Dems did not deserve the trouncing at the hands of an ungrateful electorate.
    I suspect our fight for justice has just got harder!
    But you have been a true friend to us right from the inception of Campaign against retirement leasehold exploitation.
    May I add my good wishes for your future.

    • Michael Epstein says

      Ed Davey,
      You came into politics with a desire to help your community. In this you leave politics without (as some do) corrupting your principals. On many of the political issues, i profoundly disagree with you (that is democracy for you!) . However, you had the courage and the integrity to stand for what you believed to be right. For that, so many oppressed leaseholders owe you a great debt.
      I wish you well for the future. Remember many MP’s have made a comeback!
      Many thanks Ed.

  3. A Reviewer says


    The slaughter of the Lib Dems and of the Labour Party was nothing short of amazing … YET did Cameron think that by letting the SNP have their independence referendum that they would both lose it [they did of course] and that it would increase the number of SNP seats at the expense of Labour ?

    If so he is a brave and calculating man.

    The Scottish [SNP majority] Parliament has been petitioned to clean up the sleaze in Edinburgh City Council. The petition was sidelined. Glasgow City Council is equally corrupt.

    AND that is the problem – whilst corruption in public life is allowed to continue, those in leasehold and property management can get away with anything that they can contrive.

    The Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council was formally abolished on 19 August 2013.

    Nothing is in the way of a corrupt Tribunal packed with members with an end in mind – MONEY.

    Future arrangements for carrying out the functions of the Scottish Tribunals and Administrative Justice Advisory Committee (STAJAC) is contained in a draft paper for consultation and comment (May 2015).

    I dont know why – but it appears that Cameron wanted to save a few quid at the expense of leaving Tribunal unfettered.