Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East, has called for more affordable housing in Bolton South East to fix the "housing emergency".

The housing and homelessness charity, Shelter, recently released the 'Building Our Way Out' report which argued that there is a "housing emergency" and more social housing needs to be built to address this and aid the country's economic recovery.

Ms Qureshi has now written to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to highlight this report and call for more affordable social housing.

She says: "The Covid-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on household finances. It has also brought into sharp focus the scale of housing inequality.

"I am concerned that the Government’s record on housing is a decade of failure on all fronts: a decrease in real-terms funding for new affordable homes; 33,000 fewer social rented homes built last year compared to 2010; a huge increase in private renting with households paying ever higher rents; and rough sleeping up 141 per cent.

"To maximise housing delivery of all tenures, I believe the Government should build a new generation of social housing to provide thousands more genuinely affordable homes for people on ordinary incomes in every part of the country.

"The Government should also end the Right to Buy."