Cladding crisis: Labour motion to create national task force passes - live updates

1 February 2021, 15:22 | Updated: 1 February 2021, 20:31

Ewan Quayle

By Ewan Quayle

A Labour motion which calls on the Government to take more action on dangerous cladding has passed by 263 votes to zero.

The motion proposes the creation of a 'National Cladding Taskforce' which would carry out an audit to establish the extent of dangerous materials on buildings and prioritise them for construction work.

It also suggests enacting new laws to prevent the costs of cladding removal and replacement being passed on to leaseholders.

The motion is not legally binding, however, and the Government has suggested it will not act on what it says and instead pursue its Fire Safety Bill.

Many Tory backbenchers supported the move in principle but abstained in the vote, accusing Labour of "jumping on a bandwagon" instead of supporting firm steps to address the crisis.

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