Labour Shadow Housing Minister to speak at HQN annual conference

Shadow Housing Minister Melanie Onn has been confirmed as a key note speaker at the HQN annual conference in July.

After a week in which Labour described the "painfully slow progress" to address safety concerns in the 12 months following the Grenfell disaster as a "national disgrace", Melanie will set out her party's own calls for action to protect tower block residents when she addresses delegates at 30 Euston Square in London on Tuesday 17 July 2018.

She will also discuss Labour's vision for the future of social and affordable housing, as set out in its recent housing Green Paper.

The Labour MP for Grimsby, Melanie Onn is a passionate advocate of social housing. Growing up, she lived on two local estates, and describes herself as “born and bred social housing”.

She has also experienced youth homelessness. Aged 17, she received help from Doorstep, a charity which provides housing support to young people. She told The Guardian that it was a "lifesaver".

The theme for this year's HQN annual conference is '12 months later' and will look at how the housing world has responded in the year since the Grenfell tragedy and ask the question 'what has actually changed?'.

Among the other key note speakers is Jane Everton, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government director responsible for the government's own (long-awaited) housing Green Paper.

For more information about the annual conference, which is free to HQN members, and details on how to book your place, visit our events page here.