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Tory MP Grant Shapps sleeps out

February 03 2008
The Tory housing spokesman woke to the sound of heavy rain on his sleeping bag on Christmas Eve A Tory MP slept out in Victoria on Christmas Eve. Housing spokesman Grant Shapps said he awoke to the sound of heavy rain on his sleeping bag. Talking to The Pavement, he said: "It's not a [publicity] stunt and here is why: I have spent this year publishing what I hope have been authoritative reports into the issues surrounding homelessness and have taken the time to visit both homeless and rough sleepers. "As a society, we can either think that homelessness is acceptable and ignore it or try to do something about it. I believe that politicians should actively engage and care about what happens to people and by sleeping out I hope that I will help to focus attention on the subject."