Bills to reform tenants and football governance could be overturned by a general election

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Leader of the House Penny Mordaunt pictured in Downing Street last month (Alamy)

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The Renters’ Reform Bill and the Football Governance Bill are among several pieces of legislation at risk of being lost in the general election, with no time yet set aside for them to go through the final parliamentary stages in the two remaining working days.

Penny Mordaunt confirmed in her Business Statement to the Commons on Thursday that the Finance Bill, the Digital Markets Bill and the Post Office Horizon Offenses Bill will all appear in the Commons today. The Victims and Prisoners Bill, which will include mechanisms to compensate people affected by the contaminated blood scandal, will be presented to MPs on Friday.

But Mordaunt hinted that time could still be found in the final few days for further legislation, with MPs required to tie up loose ends in legislation before Parliament is prorogued, known as a ‘wash-up’.

“Discussions on other bills are ongoing on the remaining matters, which will be done on a cross-party basis,” Mordaunt said. “We hope to keep the House informed of further matters.”

This “washing up process” will continue this week through Thursday and Friday.

The Renters Reform Bill and the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill, both key parts of Michael Gove’s housing policy, were not mentioned as part of the statement.

The Renters Reform Bill was intended to provide additional protections for people living in rental properties, but was met with some resistance from the Conservative backbench regarding additional restrictions originally proposed for rental properties.

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The Leasehold Act was intended to reform age-old property ownership rules and covered issues such as ground rents and lease extensions for houses and flats.

Conservative MP Tracey Crouch, who has been central to developing plans for a football regulator, posted on social media earlier on Thursday that “sadly the Football Governance Bill will not progress”.

Crouch added that the bill would be “ready” for the next government, but if it were delayed until after the election she would not be able to oversee its passage. Crouch has already confirmed she will not seek re-election, having represented Chatham and Aylesford in Kent since 2010.

The proposed smoking ban for young people, which Sunak promised during his speech at the party conference in Manchester last year, also carries risks. The Tobacco and Vapes Act was also not mentioned in Mordaunt’s original speech on Thursday.

At last year’s conference, Sunak said that “if we want to do the right thing for our children, we must try to prevent teenagers from using cigarettes in the first place.”

Labour’s shadow leader of the House of Commons, Lucy Powell, said the Prime Minister’s “abrupt dissolution of parliament” by calling a general election yesterday “means he will kick off the campaign, leaving many government pledges and bills up in the air or in the trash linger.

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“His promise of a smoke-free generation, plans for a football regulator, promises to tenants and leaseholders and protection of our broadcasters are now all at risk.”

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