‘Homeless’ man who illegally sublet home ran as Wanstead Park Conservative candidate in 2018 Local Election

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:02 14 September 2018

Richard Kagumya, also known as Richard Kays, was featured on BBC3's Strictly Soulmates. Photo: YouTube/LionsTV

Richard Kagumya, also known as Richard Kays, was featured on BBC3's Strictly Soulmates. Photo: YouTube/LionsTV


A ‘homeless’ man who illegally sublet his council home ran as a Conservative candidate in this year’s local elections.

A renewed spotlight was placed on Richard Kagumya, who featured in the BBC television series Council House Crackdown on Monday, September 10.

In June 2013, the Recorder reported Kagumya’s 11-year wait on the council housing register.

Housing association Genesis provided him a home three months after the story.

But, as reported by the Recorder at the time, the then 33-year-old was convicted of subletting his social housing property at Barkingside Magistrates Court in August 2016.

He was receiving a social rent of £400 a month but was found to be renting the property out privately for £800 a month.

The Woodford Green resident, who also goes by the name Richard Kays, ran unsuccessfully as a Conservative candidate in Wanstead Park. 
He also featured on BBC Three’s television series Strictly Soulmates.

Conservative Group leader Linda Huggett said she was not involved in his selection and could not comment as the matter is being investigated by the Conserative Party headquarters.

A Conservative Party spokeswoman said: “Richard Kays has resigned from the party.”

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