York Labour Party has been accused of hypocrisy over the sale of its former headquarters.
The Liberal Democrats say the £450,000 price tag for the terraced house on Holgate Road contrasts with the party’s stance on other housing projects.
At council meeting in March 2022, the then Labour housing spokesperson Cllr Michael Pavlovic said it was “obscene” that open-market properties on the Burnholme council site could sell for more than £440,000, while the average price of a house at Duncombe Barracks is likely to be £517,000.
York Labour Party have listed their former Holgate Road offices for sale with planning permission for £450,000.
The Lib Dems have asked Labour to clarify how this sale will support their pre-election commitment to increase the supply of affordable homes in the city.
Lib Dem leader Cllr Nigel Ayre said: “Residents will be watching the sale of Labour’s offices with a keen eye.
“The profit on market sales on Burnholme is being reinvested by the council to provide affordable homes. So it will interesting to learn what Labour plans to do with the proceeds of the sale of their Holgate Road HQ.
“Will they engage with a social landlord that will develop the property into truly affordable housing within a short walking distance of the city centre?
“The answer to that question will confirm whether this is another example of Labour’s actions not matching up to their public commitments.”
York Labour Party declined to comment.