Just hours before we go to the polls, Jeremy Corbyn summed up nine years of Tory rule in one picture.
“Boris Johnson’s Conservatives”
The Labour leader shared a heartbreaking image of Boris Johnson and a gaggle of Tory aides walking past a homeless man:
Nine years of Boris Johnson’s Conservatives, summed up in one picture. pic.twitter.com/CXWCih0pkC
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 11, 2019
And he’s spot on. This really does sum it all up. Not least because Conservative ministers have also lied about the extent of the UK’s homeless crisis during this election.
On 5 December, chancellor Sajid Javid lied on Sky News, claiming:
Homelessness reached its peak in 2008… since then it’s down by almost a half… but it’s Labour that was responsible for the massive rise in homelessness
But he’s very, very wrong. As Full Fact established:
The number of households in temporary accommodation in England increased by 65% between January to March 2010 and January to March 2019…
The number of rough sleepers has also increased since 2010, by around 165%.
So even taking into account different ways of measuring homelessness, it’s increased under the Tories – not decreased. The Conservatives later told Channel 4 that Javid had misremembered the figures.
But, as Johnson and his Conservatives misremember how many homeless people there are, perhaps it’s no surprise they barely look at them as they walk past. In contrast, Corbyn is proposing a vision of “hope” for people in the country:
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 10, 2019
A vote for Corbyn’s Labour truly is a vote for hope. Not only is a Corbyn-led government promising to “tackle the homelessness and rough sleeping crisis”, but it is also offering a better, fairer society where no one’s invisible.
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