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Southampton mum, Sharon Ray, who met Prime Minister David Cameron about Help to Buy hits back at critics

Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Sharon Ray and her daughter Maisie

Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to Sharon Ray and her daughter Maisie

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A SOUTHAMPTON mum has defended her right to buy a home after criticism that she was too well-off.

Sharon Ray, 30, helped Prime Minister David Cameron promote the Help to Buy scheme when he visited her £135,000 two-bedroom flat in Millbrook to have a cup of tea last Thursday, as reported in the Daily Echo.

The initiative uses public money to help people get on the property ladder as a way of helping to stimulate the economy.

Mother-of-one Ms Ray, of Regents Park Road, came in for criticism on social media when it was revealed she is a sales director for Enfields estate agents who sold the flat to her, and drives a £33,000 BMW 3 Series convertible. Critics also said she was married.

One tweeted: “Mr Cameron and Ms Ray. Gobsmackingly audacious!”

Ms Ray later posted on Twitter that the BMW was a company car and that she separated from her husband six months ago.

She also said: “I have done nothing wrong, I work 39hrs a week, everything I have I have worked very hard 4. When was it a crime to work hard?”

The Help to Buy scheme has helped 6,000 people nationally enabling them to get a mortgage with a five per cent deposit. Ms Ray put up a £7,000 deposit and borrowed the rest for the flat.

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