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."