Search

‘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

Archant

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.”

Latest Ilford Stories

The Hammers hold the Blues in London derby showdown by Yarmolenko miss will haunt them

Yesterday, 12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Yesterday, 11:04

Redbridge turned their fortunes round in the second-half to nick a late 3-2 victory against Southend Manor.

Almost a year ago I wrote in this paper about my fears for families facing migration from old benefits to Universal Credit amidst the government’s “clumsy” rollout, which was causing “homelessness and hunger wherever it goes”.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

National League: Harrogate Town 0 Leyton Orient 3

Saturday, September 22, 2018

National League: Eastleigh 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

Saturday, September 22, 2018

We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Emma Isherwood netted two second-half penalty flicks as Havering opened the East Two South East season with a derby win at Campion School.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now