Axe the Tenant Tax – meet the marginals!

Dr Tom Simcock
Written by Dr Tom Simcock

In the run up to the Spring Budget we have been urging our members to visit their MPs and raise awareness of our campaign to scrap incoming changes to Mortgage Interest Relief. We have had considerable support from our members who have been sending letters and requesting visits with MPs across the country.

Thank you to all the members who have already sent a message or requested a meeting with your MP, we truly appreciate your support.

However, our campaign does not stop here, we have pulled together a list of the marginal seats of Conservative and Labour MPs who we want local members to go and speak to.

One key constituency is Croydon Central. Do you live here? If so, please go and see the Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP (who has a tiny majority of 165 votes) and let him know about these changes!

Top Marginal Constituencies to visit or contact
Marginal Conservative Seats


MP Name Majority

Size of the Private Rented Sector

Gower Byron Davies 27 9%
Derby North Amanda Solloway 41 17%
Croydon Central Gavin Barwell 165 20%
Vale of Clwyd James Davies 237 16%
Bury North David Nuttall 378 13%
Morley & Outwood Andrea Jenkyns 422 12%
Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Oliver Colvile 523 31%
Thurrock Jackie Doyle-Price 536 15%
Brighton Kemptown Simon Kirby 690 21%
Telford Lucy Allan 730 16%
Eastbourne Caroline Ansell 733 22%
Bolton West Christopher Green 801 11%
Weaver Vale Graham Evans 806 10%
Plymouth Moor View Johnny Mercer 1026 10%
Lewes Maria Caulfield 1083 14%
Bedford Richard Fuller 1097 19%
Lincoln Karl McCartney 1443 20%
Thornbury & Yate Luke Hall 1495 11%
Corby Tom Pursglove 1895 14%
Peterborough Stewart Jackson 1925 19%
Twickenham Tania Mathias 2017 19%
Cardiff North Craig Williams 2137 13%
Southampton Itchen Royston Smith 2342 20%
Waveney Peter Aldous 2408 15%
St Ives Derek Thomas 2469 17%
Warrington South David Mowat 2750 12%
Carlisle John Stevenson 2774 14%
South Thanet Craig Mackinlay 2812 23%
Kingston & Surbiton James Berry 2834 22%
North Warwickshire Craig Tracey 2973 11%
Keighley Kris Hopkins 3053 15%
Halesowen & Rowley Regis James Morris 3082 9%
Northampton North Michael Ellis 3245 15%
Torbay Kevin Foster 3286 25%
Blackpool North & Cleveleys Paul Maynard 3340 20%
Erewash Maggie Throup 3584 13%
Crewe & Nantwich Edward Timpson 3620 14%
Hendon Matthew Offord 3724 25%
Ipswich Ben Gummer 3733 22%
Bath Ben Howlett 3833 23%
Sutton & Cheam Paul Scully 3921 18%
Aberconwy Guto Bebb 3999 16%
Amber Valley Nigel Mills 4205 11%
Dudley South Mike Wood 4270 9%
Broxtowe Anna Soubry 4287 14%
Boston & Skegness Matt Warman 4336 17%
Calder Valley Craig Whittaker 4427 15%
Norwich North Chloe Smith 4463 13%
Pudsey Stuart Andrew 4501 12%
Marginal Labour Seats
Constituency MP Name Majority Size of Private Rented Sector
City of Chester Christian Matheson 93 17%
Ynys Môn Albert Owen 229 14%
Ealing Central & Acton Rupa Huq 274 34%
Wirral West Margaret Greenwood 417 9%
Halifax Holly Walker-Lynch 428 17%
Brentford & Isleworth Ruth Cadbury 465 26%
Ilford North Wes Streeting 589 16%
Cambridge Daniel Zeichner 599 27%
Newcastle-under-Lyme Paul Farrelly 650 11%
Barrow & Furness John Woodcock 795 13%
Wolverhampton South West Rob Marris 801 17%
Enfield North Joan Ryan 1086 19%
Hampstead & Kilburn Tulip Siddiq 1138 36%
Hove Peter Kyle 1236 30%
Lancaster & Fleetwood Cat Smith 1265 19%
Dewsbury Paula Sheriff 1451 12%
Wrexham Ian Lucas 1831 13%
North East Derbyshire Natascha Engel 1883 7%
Walsall North David Winnick 1937 11%
Bridgend Madeleine Moon 1947 12%
Westminster North Karen Buck 1977 36%
Harrow West Gareth Thomas 2208 26%
Middlesbrough South & Cleveland East Tom Blenkinsop 2268 11%
Clwyd South Susan Elan Jones 2402 10%
Do you live in one of these key marginal seats?

If you live in one of these key marginal seats, please urgently send a message to your MP or visit them!  However, even if your MP is not on the list it’s still vital that you get in touch and make your case for scrapping the tenant tax – since Brexit all MPs are aware that we live in a different changing climate and recognise how important it is to listen to local views.

It is not only ourselves that are urging our members to visit their MPs, James Gray MP and Lord Flight have both urged members to raise awareness of these incoming changes:

We have had considerable support from our members in raising awareness of this campaign.

However, we still need as many members as possible to write or even better visit their MP and tell them about the impact of these changes.

To highlight the wide-ranging campaign, we have pulled together the top 10 constituencies where members have been most active, these even include the seats held by the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond MP, the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, and the former Chancellor, George Osborne MP.

Take a look at the top 10 constituencies below:

RLA Top 10 Constituencies targeted by members
1) Corby
MP: Tom Pursgolve (Conservative)

Majority: 2,412

2) Warrington South
MP: David Mowat (Conservative)

Majority: 2,750

3) Peterborough
MP: Stewart Jackson (Conservative)

Majority: 1,925

4) Eastbourne
MP: Caroline Ansell (Conservative)

Majority: 733

5) Brighton Kempton
MP: Simon Kirby (Conservative)

Majority: 690

6) Tatton
MP: Rt Hon George Osborne (Conservative)

Majority: 18,241

7) Runnymede and Weybridge
MP: Rt Hon Philip Hammond (Conservative)

Majority: 22,134

8) Maidenhead
MP: Rt Hon Teresa May (Conservative)

Majority: 29,059

9) Liverpool, Riverside
MP: Louise Ellman (Labour)

Majority: 24,463

10) Gower
MP: Byron Davies (Conservative)

Majority: 27

Only together can we make a difference. Please don’t leave it to others to visit on your behalf, as they may be leaving it to you.


About the author

Dr Tom Simcock

Dr Tom Simcock

Tom is the Senior Researcher for the RLA and leads the RLA’s research lab; the Private renting Evidence, Analysis and Research Lab (PEARL). His expertise lies in researching change in society, public policy and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Tom’s research on housing has received national media coverage, featuring on the front page of The Times, has influenced government policy making, and has been cited in debates in the House of Commons, House of Lords and by the London Mayor.

1 Comment

  • I think you should include Swindon North and Swindon South as marginal. Both have been held by Labour and Conservative during the Blair and Cameron eras. I have been speaking by email with my North Swindon Conservative MP.

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