Tributes to homeless man who died metres from Parliament

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 15, 2018

A stark reminder of the risks of rough sleeping, just yards from parliament's door.

It is understood that some members of the Labour leader's team were in contact with the homeless man, and would take him food.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn sent flowers and a card reading "This should never have happened".

Members of Jeremy Corbyn's office said they knew the man and laid flowers at the scene last night.

A homeless man was found dead near the entrance of Britain's Parliament building in London on Wednesday, prompting government officials to decry the country's growing homeless rate.

Alongside Mr Corbyn's tribute was another card signed by "all the staff of the leader of the Labour Party".

Figures released last month found that more people are sleeping rough on the streets of England than at any point this decade, with numbers rocketing 73 percent since 2014, according to another newspaper London Evening Standard.

Mr Corbyn had earlier addressed the death on Twitter, urging "the powerful" to stop "walking by on the other side while people don't have a home to call their own".

"It's time all MPs took up this moral challenge and properly housed everyone".

His party colleague Emma Lewell-Buck revealed that - if the identity of the man was as she thought - then she and "many other MPs have spoken to him and helped him out where we could".

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: "No one should ever have to sleep rough".

A spokesman said that during cold weather snaps, extra street team patrols are carried out.

Police and paramedics were called, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

He added: "Anyone anxious about a rough sleeper can visit www.streetlink.org.uk to alert our teams and allow us to provide routes off the street and into safety".

The Met said it was treating his death as unexplained, but not suspicious.

A House of Commons spokesman said: "We are saddened to hear of the death of an individual this morning at Westminster Tube Station and offer our condolences to their friends and family at this hard time".

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