Offices left empty by lockdown 'should be turned into affordable homes', says Lib Dem leader

Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats

London offices left empty by lockdown and home working should be turned into affordable homes for young people, according to Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey.

Sir Ed described the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to deal with London's housing crisis.

Parts of central London and the City resembled a ghost town after the government ordered people to stay at home in March.

Life returned to parts of the capital as lockdown measures were eased in the summer but business districts in the City, Canary Wharf and West End are still quiet.

The government's decision on Tuesday to reverse the advice for people to go back to work has already seen a drop in the number rush hour commuters on the Tube.

Sir Ed, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, was elected Lib Dem party leader in August.

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