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Rebecca Long-Bailey on the streets of Salford [Image: Manchester Evening News].

Rebecca Long-Bailey on the streets of Salford [Image: Manchester Evening News].

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Treasury Minister and one of Labour’s rising stars, pointed out that the UK is one of the world’s richest economies – yet leaves its citizens to freeze on the streets.

She said things have to change and she is right – but what’s required is a fundamental change of attitude, away from Tory “everyone for themselves” thinking and towards an attitude that admits that we all depend on each other.

Throwing people onto the streets is a waste; they are more valuable to the economy – and to the community – if they are living in affordable homes, have paying jobs and are able to contribute.

But Tories can’t see that. Can you?

Salford’s mayor dubbed Greater Manchester’s homelessness crisis a ‘disgrace’ as he searched the streets for rough sleepers in the freezing early hours.

Paul Dennett was joined by MP Rebecca Long-Bailey for the city’s annual homeless count – and said he was horrified at what they found.

From a 19-year-old man sleeping rough in a park for more than three months – to another man slipping in and out of consciousness, barely covered by a blanket in the street, they said the exercise was ‘soul destroying’.

Town halls, by law, have to send out a team of volunteers walk the streets each year to count the number of rough sleepers.

Source: Salford’s mayor didn’t believe the homeless figures so did his own count – what he found was shocking – Manchester Evening News

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