Big Is­sue boss joins the Lords

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BIG Is­sue founder John Bird is to join the House of Lords as one of four new non-party po­lit­i­cal peers.

The home­less­ness cam­paigner was among those se­lected by the House of Lords Ap­point­ments Com­mis­sion to sit on the cross­benches.

Join­ing him in the up­per cham­ber are engi­neer and aca­demic Ju­lia King, the vice chan­cel­lor of As­ton Univer­sity, civil engi­neer Robert Mair and Mary Watkins, pro­fes­sor of nurs­ing and cur­rently Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Healthcare lead­er­ship at Ply­mouth Univer­sity.

Mr Bird, who set up the mag­a­zine in 1991 as a way for the home­less to earn their own money, said he hoped to in­ject some new ideas into pol­icy mak­ing.

He said: “Mine will be a voice in the leg­isla­tive process for the thou­sands of peo­ple The Big Is­sue has helped over the past 24 years and con­tin­ues to help to­day through our phi­los­o­phy of so­cial en­trepreneuri­al­ism based on self-help.”

BLOODY GREAT: Casey with cast in ‘vi­o­lent and sexy’ movie

“Still though, there’s a lot of sex and vi­o­lence in the film.”

Casey claimed to have been left feel­ing “gut­ted and used” by 24-year-old rug­ger star Joseph af­ter he kept his long-term girl­friend a se­cret from her.

But de­spite her re­cent heart­break, Casey will have plenty of ways to take her mind off the drama as she gets ready to pro­mote her up­com­ing flick.

Bonded By Blood 2 is based on Bernard O’Ma­honey’s book ti­tled Es­sex Boys: The New Gen­er­a­tion.

Af­ter three top mem­bers of the Es­sex Boys firm are mur­dered, there is a void left be­hind with mul­ti­ple com­peti­tors clash­ing in a bid to take ad­van­tage of it.

The se­quel to the 2010 re­lease Bonded By Blood also stars EastEn­ders ac­tor Sam Strike and blonde beauty Dani Dyer – the daugh­ter of Danny Dyer.

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