Jeremy Corbyn leaves personal tribute to rough sleeper who died near Parliament
Jeremy Corbyn has paid a personal tribute to a homeless man who died while sleeping rough just metres from the Houses of Parliament.
A handwritten card signed by the Labour leader was placed at the entrance of Westminster Tube station, along with a bunch of flowers.
It read: ‘This should never have happened. As a country we must stop walking by. Rest in peace. Jeremy Corbyn.’
The man, who has not been publicly identified, was found unresponsive in the underpass of exit three of the station at 7am on Wednesday.
Police and paramedics were called, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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’.
I've just been told about the death of a rough sleeper right by the entrance to Parliament. The powerful can't carry on 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.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 14, 2018
It is understood that some members of Mr Corbyn’s team were in touch with the man and would bring food for him.
Alongside Mr Corbyn’s tribute was another card signed by ‘all the staff of the leader of the Labour Party’.
Figures released in January found that more people are sleeping rough on the streets of England than at any point this decade, with numbers rocketing by 73% since 2014.
Westminster City Council said that at the last headcount in January 2018, just under 200 people were sleeping rough in the borough.
A spokesman said that during cold weather, extra street patrols are carried out.
On this occasion, the council’s outreach services discovered the body, and attempted CPR until police and paramedics arrived.
He added: ‘Anyone worried about a rough sleeper can visit http://www.streetlink.org.uk to alert our teams and allow us to provide routes off the street and into safety.’
A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said it was called at 7.16am to reports of a man not breathing.
Scotland Yard said the man was pronounced dead at 7.33am, and that the incident is being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious.