– Shadow justice minister Andy Slaughter
Homeowners around the country are concerned about squatters and rightly want assurances from this Tory-led Government that their properties will be protected.
The distress squatters can cause to families, as well as the financial damage they do, is completely unacceptable.
Crispin Blunt, Minister for Prisons and Probation, said the existing laws on squatting were too complicated. He added: "If you are illegally, knowingly, or ought to know, in improper possession of someone else's house, it's an offence."