Former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sir Eric Pickles swapped the benches of the Commons for a garden bench when he met tenants at Anchor’s Douglas Matthew House on Friday 26 June.

The MP for Brentwood and Ongar stopped in to visit tenants at the retirement housing scheme in White Lyons Road, Brentwood.

Sir Eric chatted with residents about a wide range of subjects and learnt about Anchor’s efforts to join up housing, health and social care to get better results for older people.

Tenant Joy Redden said: “He was a very good listener. He’s got a lot of common sense and he listened to what we had to say.”

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