Labour leader rejects Tory claim that he wants Venezuela-style rent controls by pointing out that Eric Pickles backed the idea

Ed Miliband has said that the Tories are “beached ideologically” after Grant Shapps accused him of planning Venezuelan-style rent controls as part of a series of reforms to the rental market which echo changes proposed by Eric Pickles.

The Labour leader laughed off suggestions that he was the heir to Hugo Chávez, declaring that the title should be awarded instead to Pickles, who first came up with proposals to limit rent increases.

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