Lend hand to the home­less . . . and shame cal­lous Tories

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

Ev­ery day when I go into West­min­ster or walk along Vic­to­ria Street I pass peo­ple who are sleep­ing rough.

In my con­stituency –

Hayes and Har­ling­ton, in West Lon­don – there are fam­i­lies, of­ten with young chil­dren, forced to live in sheds and garages.

When I go to the City to meet busi­ness lead­ers, the num­ber of rough sleep­ers around some of the wealth­i­est peo­ple in the world is as­tound­ing.

It’s a sad re­minder of the scale of the prob­lem that’s been al­lowed to grow un­der this govern­ment.

It makes me more de­ter­mined to do some­thing about it.

Very few peo­ple choose life on the streets.

There are many rea­sons why they are out there – and they are not get­ting the help they need.

We found out this week there were more than

3,100 rough sleep­ers in Lon­don be­tween July and Septem­ber.

That is the high­est num­ber since records be­gan. But rough sleep­ing and home­less­ness is not just in Lon­don, it’s na­tion­wide.

When Labour is in govern­ment we will put an end to this na­tional shame.

We’ll tackle home­less­ness di­rectly and put an end to aus­ter­ity that has deep­ened Bri­tain’s hous­ing cri­sis.

As Christ­mas ap­proaches, and we all get ready to do our shop­ping, we should do what we can for those sleep­ing on the streets in this ter­ri­ble harsh weather.

We should all con­sider a do­na­tion to a home­less char­ity and of­fer some help – and kind­ness – to those sleep­ing on our streets.

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