Jeremy Corbyn has called on his supporters to “occupy” empty buildings to find homes for victims of Grenfell Tower fire.
The Labour leader upped the pressure on ministers to do more to find homes for families who lost everything in the tragedy in west London.
Last week Mr Corbyn called for empty homes in Kensington to be given to families to live in after the tragedy.
In a television interview on Sunday he called on people to “occupy” them.
He said: “There are a large number of deliberately kept vacant flats and properties all over London, it’s called land banking.
“People with a lot of money buy a house, buy a flat, keep it empty.”
Asked by ITV interviewer Robert Peston if he would “seize it forever, or just just take it for as long as they’re needed”, he replied: “Occupy, compulsory purchase it, requisition it, there’s a lot of things you can do.
“Can’t we as a society just think all of us? It’s all very well putting our arms around people during the crisis but homelessness is rising the housing crisis getting worse, and my point was quite a simple one, in an emergency you have to bring all assets to the table in order to deal with that crisis and that is what I think we should be doing in this case.”
He questioned why people had been left stranded when airlines are able to find accommodation for delayed travellers.
Mr Corbyn said: "Every day at Heathrow, planes get delayed. Hundreds of people get stranded at airports all over the world.
"Hotels are found for them immediately, they are sorted out.
"400 or so people, still most of them have not got somewhere decent, safe or secure to stay in.
"Somehow or other, it seems to be beyond the wit of the public services to deal with the crisis facing a relatively small number of people in a country of 65 million."
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