Home Property Forget the current party-political turmoil, who has thrown the best political house party?

Forget the current party-political turmoil, who has thrown the best political house party?

by Andy Soloman, CEO of Yomdel
21st Feb 19 8:39 am

The UK’s current political landscape is in turmoil and with both main parties fighting among themselves and the latest developments of a Labour Party split with seven of its members resigning the party whip. With Nigel Farage also waiting in the wings with his new Brexit Party should Article 50 be further extended, it could all get a bit more uncertain yet, so Yomdel has looked at which party is the best for house price growth to at least settle one debate. Because that’s what people really care about, right?

On top of the lack of suitable housing being built by the government, the UK housing market has been hit fairly hard by political uncertainty, with transactions suffering whilst house price growth is falling. So Yomdel looked at historic house price growth across the reign of each political party to see which has been best for UK homeowners.

>>Find the right mortgage deal for you in 60 seconds

Since the Conservative landslide victory in 1979, house prices have increased by 256% across the UK, but who has been behind this?

As a whole

When looking at total growth seen under each government, the Conservatives come out on top with prices increasing 122.3% during their two terms between 1979-96 and 2015 until now. Labour saw house prices increase 116.2% while they were in power between 1997 and 2009, with a Conservative and Lib Dem government seeing growth of just 17.7% between 2010 and 2014.

By tenure

Unfortunately for the Conservative Party, looking at house price growth by tenure tells a different story. Between 1979 and 1996, the Conservative’s presided over a housing market that saw prices increase by 107.7%. The market then went on to see prices rise by 116.2% between 1997 and 2009 under Labour. The Conservative/Lib Dem coalition saw prices rise by just 17.7% during their four years in power, with prices increase by just 14.6% during the last three years under a Conservative government.


When looking at the average annual house price growth under each party, Labour once again comes out on top with an increase of 8.9%, with the Conservatives seeing an annual rate of growth of 6% in their first term and just 3.7% in their latest, or 5.8% when considered as a whole.

>>Find the right mortgage deal for you in 60 seconds

Property expert and Yomdel CEO, Andy Soloman said, “Perhaps unexpectedly, it’s Labour that takes the crown as Britain’s best house party for homeowners with prices having increased at a greater rate during their tenure.

“With the current market suffering at the hands of a very drawn out Brexit process, it’s unlikely that the Conservatives will be able to reverse this property market trend any time soon and they could well become the party behind a stagnant housing market for years to come.

“Of course, strong house price growth isn’t necessarily a good thing if you don’t own a home and with both parties currently unsure whether they’re coming or going on a number of issues, maybe we should all wipe the slate clean and vote Conservative if we don’t own a home and Labour if we do.

“This would bring some simplicity to the otherwise shambolic political landscape we currently find ourselves in.”

Period Party in Government House Price Growth (%)
1979 Conservative £19,830
1980 Conservative £23,288 17.4
1981 Conservative £24,010 3.1
1982 Conservative £24,851 3.5
1983 Conservative £27,623 11.2
1984 Conservative £31,076 12.5
1985 Conservative £34,378 10.6
1986 Conservative £37,627 9.5
1987 Conservative £43,164 14.7
1988 Conservative £51,405 19.1
1989 Conservative £61,514 19.7
1990 Conservative £57,683 -6.2
1991 Conservative £54,626 -5.3
1992 Conservative £51,815 -5.2
1993 Conservative £51,211 -1.2
1994 Conservative £51,633 0.8
1995 Conservative £51,245 -0.8
1996 Conservative £53,394 4.2
Total Increase 107.7
Increase per annum 6.0
1997 Labour £59,199 10.9
1998 Labour £65,201 10.1
1999 Labour £71,122 9.1
2000 Labour £80,366 13.0
2001 Labour £88,799 10.5
2002 Labour £106,407 19.8
2003 Labour £127,246 19.6
2004 Labour £148,359 16.6
2005 Labour £156,325 5.4
2006 Labour £166,470 6.5
2007 Labour £181,364 9.0
2008 Labour £168,973 -6.8
2009 Labour £156,512 -7.4
Total Increase 116.2
Increase per annum 8.9
2010 Conservative/Lib Dem £165,483 5.7
2011 Conservative/Lib Dem £165,131 -0.2
2012 Conservative/Lib Dem £163,628 -0.9
2013 Conservative/Lib Dem £168,928 3.2
2014 Conservative/Lib Dem £185,620 9.9
Total Increase 17.7
Increase per annum 3.6
2015 Conservative £193,900 4.5
2016 Conservative £203,771 5.1
2017 Conservative* £209,935 3.0
2018 Conservative* £214,163 2.0
Total Increase 14.6
Increase per annum 3.7
* No overall control
House Price Data: Nationwide House Price Index

Leave a Comment

You may also like