Watch: Andrew Neil challenges John McDonnell on Labour’s housebuilding record

Watch: Andrew Neil challenges John McDonnell on Labour's housebuilding record
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Labour has pledged to build 100,000 council homes a year as part of their so-called 'housing revolution'. But how likely are they to fulfil that pledge?

Normally, a party's past performance is a pretty good indicator. So veteran interviewer Andrew Neil thought he might question the shadow chancellor John McDonnell on Labour's council house building record in Wales, where the party has been in control in some form or other since the Assembly's formation in 1999.

It turns out the Labour-led Welsh government built just 59 homes last year. But not to worry, Mr McDonnell assured us, 'past records are irrelevant'.

“How many council houses did you build in Wales last year?” @afneil

“Past records are irrelevant, future record is important… We are looking to the future, not the past” shadow chancellor John McDonnell


— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) November 21, 2019

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