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Do you know your local average house price? Amber Rudd doesn’t either

Reporter catches out Home Secretary on live TV about local property market.

Nigel Lewis

amber ruddHome Secretary Amber Rudd has been caught out by a TV news reporter who asked her what the average house price was in her Hastings & Rye constituency.

During an interview with an ITV Meridian news team yesterday afternoon on Southampton docks Rudd was asked if he she knew what the average house price was in her constituency, to which she answered “yes, I do, do you know what it is?” back.

The reporter answered that she did and, turning the question back on Rudd asked her to reveal what the local average house price was.

Amber Rudd, rather than admit she had no idea, appeared to bluff her way out said it was “certainly a little over £100,000, that’s true” before being told by the reporter that it is £217,983. To which Rudd replied “wow”.

Trip-ups

Amber Rudd’s is the latest in a series of trip-ups on TV during the general election campaign, including two days ago when Theresa May controversially suggested last year’s problems with the sterling exchange rate had nothing to do with the EU referendum vote, and Labour MP Dianne Abbott’s car crash interview with Nick Ferrari during which she forgot her figures on the cost of recruiting police offers in the capital.

Rudd, who lives in Hastings with her two children, clearly didn’t know the average price of a house in Hastings & Rye. But despite her humiliation, it highlights the range of different house price data available to… trip up politicians

The figure quoted back to Rudd for Hastings appears to be Rightmove’s while the Land Registry says Hastings has an average price of £193,821 and Rye – which is its upmarket neighbour – has an average of £275,453. Zoopla, on the other hand, reckons it’s £388,995 in Rye and £258,605 in Hastings.

May 19, 2017

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