AN East Lancashire MP has taken part in a parliamentary debate on problems facing tenants in the private rented sector.

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said he was asked to speak on the topic by government minister Don Foster.

During the recent debate, Mr Foster said: “The hon member for Hyndburn, Graham Jones, talked about the need to review the housing health and safety rating system, and we would be interested to hear from him on that.

“If he would like to come and talk to me afterwards, I will discuss double glazing with him as well.”

Mr Jones said afterwards: “I spoke in the Opposition Day debate on the private rented sector.

“It was an incredibly useful debate which really hit home some of the pressures that people who rent their homes face on a daily basis.”

On the floor of the commons, Mr Jones had said: “It is a little disappointing that Conservative Ministers and the Secretary of State have now left this crucial debate.

"Nationally, the last English housing survey revealed that the number of people who agreed with the statement “the landlord does not bother with repairs” was twice as high in the private rented sector as in the social rented sector.”