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David Gauke: He tried to tell Andrew Marr his policies were right for the country, and convinced nobody at all.

David Gauke made an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show yesterday morning (December 17), in a bid to fill our heads with a lot of nonsense about Conservative policy towards – among other things – the homeless. It didn’t go well.

Rough sleeping has increased by 134 per cent since the Conservatives took office in 2010, and the number of homeless children has increased by 70 per cent. Both these figures plummeted under the last Labour government, so it is impossible for Tories like Mr Gauke to falsely claim that they are cleaning up Labour’s mess, as they usually do.

Oh, and the actual homelessness figure is probably much higher than the official statistic, as people have to complete a set number of nights on the street before they are classified as such.

The simple fact is, there can only be one reason these statistics are worsening: Tory policies are designed to make them worse.

And that means, in the opinion of This Writer, that commenters like myself are justified in suggesting that Tories like Mr Gauke have no interest in helping homeless people off the streets and back into housing.

If they are saying they expect homelessness to halve by 2022 and be eliminated by 2027, then it most likely means they expect homeless people to die. We already know that suicide rates have increased under the Tories.

Put the pieces together and you get the facts. The whole story is available on Twitter:

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