Corbyn’s Christmas message

Posted to his social media accounts today (Dec 24), Corbyn pays tribute to people who help rough sleepers, refugees and families in poverty.

In the Labour leader’s message, he said people that emulate the biblical Good Samaritan ’embody what is best and most compassionate in all of us’.

His message comes just days after UK charity, Crisis, brands homelessness stats as a “national tragedy” following published reports by ONS revealing nearly 600 deaths just last year.

The ONS stats show an estimated 597 people died while homeless in England and Wales in 2017, a figure that has increased by 24% over the last five years.

The Labour leader says during the festive period he sees “the compassion of the good Samaritan in people across our country everyday but especially at Christmas”.

“Whether it’s people helping in homeless shelters offering comfort and meals for those looking to escape the freezing temperatures and dangers of sleeping rough.

“Those ensuring food banks are fully stocked for people who can’t afford to eat properly this Christmas. Or volunteers raising money for refugees who’ve been forced to flee war, oppression and devastation.

Corbyn also emphasises Labour’s pledges to end homelessness within the first term of the party’s governance, adding that they would aim to double the amount of homes ‘ring-fenced’ for people who have slept on the streets.

“At this time of year people give up their time and donate, like the Centrepoint volunteers, despite the strain in their own lives.

“It’s the goodwill and generosity of ordinary people, public service and charity workers who give tirelessly to help the most vulnerable and the lonely”, he concludes.

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