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Tory MP Grant Shapps sleeps out

 
February 4th 2008
 

A Tory MP slept out in Victoria on Christmas Eve. Housing spokesman Grant Shapps said he awoke to the sound of heavy rain on his sleeping bag. Talking to The Pavement, he said: "It's not a [publicity] stunt and here is why: I have spent this year publishing what I hope have been authoritative reports into the issues surrounding homelessness and have taken the time to visit both homeless and rough sleepers. "As a society, we can either think that homelessness is acceptable and ignore it or try to do something about it. I believe that politicians should actively engage and care about what happens to people and by sleeping out I hope that I will help to focus attention on the subject."
 
 
 

February 2008

 

Contents

Are you on CHAIN?

The interview: Grant Shapps, MP

Alternative housing: Architecture for Humanity

Long live the Silver Lady

St Mungo's loses City contract

Obituary: Pat McCann

Three deaths in Conway House

An anniversary and a departure at ASLAN

SNaP report uncovers hostel provision in England

Jonathan Creek ate my ear

Scottish housing scandal

Camden street count

Paris deaths

Camden – ASBO central?

Tory MP Grant Shapps sleeps out

The Homeless World Cup 2008

Director leaves Simon Community

Homeless radio

Crisis critique

Hospital discharge

Vital soup runs - a response

What to do if you're gay and homeless?

 

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