Grahame Morris MP Joins call for action on World Homeless Day
Easington MP Grahame Morris joined a call to action for World Homeless Day and added his voice to the ‘Everybody In’ campaign to end homelessness, an initiative by the national homelessness charity Crisis.
A host of A-list celebrities, including Tom Hardy, Emma Thompson, Jodie Whittaker, Ellie Goulding, Richard Gere and Sir Ian McKellen, have also joined the call by appearing in a short film for Crisis where they perform a poem about the injustice of homelessness. The poem, ‘If Everybody Is In’, was written by Crisis’ Poet-in-Residence Stefan Gambrell, aka ‘Neanderthal Bard’, who has himself experienced homelessness. [view film here]
Grahame Morris MP has joined the campaign with a response verse to the moving poem, which highlights the severity of the issue across Britain. There are 236,000 people currently experiencing the worst forms of homelessness – the highest level since 2010.
Earlier this year Crisis published its own ground-breaking plan to end homelessness, which sets out the exact government policies needed to end all forms of homelessness within a ten-year period. The charity hopes this will spur Britain’s governments to build on their recent positive steps in recognising homelessness as an urgent issue.
Grahame Morris MP said: “It is a national scandal that in 2018 so many people are being forced to sleep in cars, in tents, on other peoples’ floors and couches, or even out on the streets. I feel it is important to add my voice to this campaign and to call for an end to all forms of homelessness once and for all.”
Crisis Chief Executive Jon Sparkes said: “Ending homelessness across Britain isn’t an unrealistic aspiration; it’s a goal within our reach. We’ve set out how it can be achieved with the right action and political will, and we’re pleased that homelessness is being given greater priority by governments and political parties across Britain. But to end homelessness for good, we must tackle the root causes as well as the symptoms. We hope the public and politicians alike will join us and campaign to end all forms of homelessness in this country once and for all.”