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Times' letters: Homelessness and spoiled MP

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 October 2018

Trevor Ellis was moved by the plight of a homeless couple he met. Picture: PA IMAGES

Trevor Ellis was moved by the plight of a homeless couple he met. Picture: PA IMAGES

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times' readers this week.

Pair’s plight moved me

Trevor Ellis, Chalk Hill estate, Wembley, writes:

I had a really moving experience recently. I met a young man and woman while I was walking to college near the Church End estate in Harlesden and they caught my eye because they were sitting at the side of a road and something told me that something was wrong.

I doubled back and asked them if they were OK.

I was so moved when they told me that they were homeless. It transpired that they had been sleeping rough for two years in spite of being on the council waiting list for a flat.

I just want to write a brief letter about it in the hope it may lead to a change in the situation they are currently in and everyone else that is currently homeless in Brent.

Spoiled MP should not ask for help

Charlie Phillips, Burton Road, Kilburn, writes:

Tulip Siddiq MP had a privileged upbringing in Bangladesh, and is related to the aristocracy there.

Poverty in Bangladesh is rife. Tulip Siddiq is immune to the suffering of the needy, neglected, starving, abused children who live in her country. She deserted them and came to live in England.

Tulip Siddiq receives expenses for her staff and her office, and enjoys perks and privileges unavailable to the vast majority of people.

She has a home half-an-hour journey from the House of Commons, which sits about 170 days a year. She is not satisfied. She demands more perks – an electronic voting aid and a proxy vote. The reason? She has children.

Tulip is spoiled and immune to the fact women in England who have children and are doctors, nurses, engineers, police officers, train and bus drivers, cleaners, teachers, factory workers or in the armed forces, do not or cannot stay at home, employ staff to do their work or use a proxy colleague.

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