Tory MP Andrew Bridgen sparks controversy with ‘no rough sleepers’ in North West Leicestershire claim

From Leicestershire Live: Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has ignited controversy by stating there are no rough sleepers in his constituency, North West Leicestershire.

The Conservative politician highlighted the statistic in a debate about house building during Prime Minister’s Questions.

While the official figures back up what Mr Bridgen said, Mark Grant, the boss of Leicester-based charity Action Homeless said they did not reflect the current reality in the MP’s patch.

Mr Grant said: “We all know the limitations with the figures. They are based on a count of rough sleepers on one given night of the year. They are just a snapshot. It is no criticism of the council that carries out the count but we know rough sleepers can be hard to locate. If you did the count on a different night, you would get a different number. Pretending rough sleepers aren’t out there is not the way to tackle the problem. Not all is rosy in North West Leicestershire. We get rough sleepers from there presenting to us.

“In fact, North West Leicestershire and Charnwood are the areas in the county where we have most people presenting from and they do have their particular social and economic problems. We know rough sleepers from North West Leicestershire migrate to Leicester to get access to services there that aren’t available where they are from.”

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Tory MP says a memorial to men who were executed for being gay is “totally inappropriate”

From Evolve Politics: A Conservative MP has described a memorial for people who were executed for being gay as ‘totally inappropriate’.

Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, lashed out after the exhibit was unveiled by the National Trust at Kingston Lacy house in Dorset earlier this week.

The memorial was inspired by the tragic life of the former owner of the National Trust property, British explorer and former Tory MP William John Bankes – a man who was forced to flee the country after authorities discovered he was gay. Read more