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For most young Londoners, home ownership is a pipe dream. Generation Rent is being held back by rising housing costs and, in too many cases, poor-quality accommodation and dodgy landlords. Now more than ever, the UK’s broken housing market needs addressing.

“Generation Rent: Making housing affordable for young Londoners” will be a discussion about the challenges young Londoners face in the housing market, both in terms of cost and quality of housing, before moving on to a discussion about the policy solutions we need to see in the capital and across the UK.

Joining us will be the following expert panel:


Sem Moema AM

Sem has been London Assembly Member for North East constituency, covering Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest, since May 2021. She is Chair of the London Labour Housing Group and is the Labour lead member of the London Assembly Housing Committee. She is also a councillor in Hackney, leading on the Private Rented Sector and Affordability.

Cllr Shama Tatler

First elected as a Brent Councillor in 2014, Shama currently serves as Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning. She is Co-Chair of Labour to Win, and is Vice Chair of London Labour Regional Board.

Christopher Worrall

Chris is the Editor of Red Brick blog and sits on the Labour Housing Group Executive Committee. He is currently Chair of Poplar and Limehouse CLP, co-hosts the Priced Out podcast and is the Local Government and Housing Member Policy group lead for the Fabian Society.

Rose Grayston

Rose is a housing campaigner and policy expert fighting to reverse the decline of social housing in England, and to retrofit homes and neighbourhoods to be fit for the climate emergency. Previously a Policy Manager for Shelter and Senior Programme Manager for the New Economics Foundation, Rose also co-authored the recent report of the No Place Left Behind Commission with Toby Lloyd. She has managed and led successful campaigns to reduce borrowing rates for local authority housebuilding, reform English planning rules to incentivise the delivery of affordable homes, and build political, public and media support for reform of England’s broken land and housebuilding systems.


Finley Harnett

Finley is Co-Chair of London Young Fabians and Chair of Harrow West Young Labour. He has worked as a Communications Officer & Researcher for a London Labour MP since July 2020, and previously trained and worked as a journalist.

Josephine Harmon

Josephine is the Founder and Co-Chair of the London Young Fabians. She is a Political Science researcher at University College London and staff at King’s College London, UCL, the University of Bath and the University of Exeter. She previously worked for an MP, in Parliament with the APPG for Women and Work, and has worked for six years on EU-UK policy research for the Remain Campaign, Labour Remain, Open Britain and the People’s Vote. She has researched and written for think tanks and NGOs including the UK in a Changing Europe’s ‘Future of the EU’ report. In 2018 she was a visiting fellow at Yale University and was awarded the 2020 Richard E. Neustadt Paper Prize for her research on interest groups. She is currently producing a report on millennial living standards in partnership with a UK NGO.  She is a passionate Labour member and interested in key policy areas including living standards and economic inequality.

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January 27, 2022 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm

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