Tributes after homeless man found dead near Parliament in tube underpass

Jeremy Corbyn leaves personal tribute to rough sleeper who died near Parliament

A man found dead in a Tube station underpass near the Houses of Parliament was a former model who had recently applied for a job as a waiter, a homeless charity has said.

A handwritten card signed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was placed at the entrance of Westminster underground station, along with a bouquet of flowers.

"It's time all MPs took up this moral challenge and properly housed everyone".

Neil Coyle, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on homelessness, told HuffPost UK: "We have seen growing problems since 2010, as MPs, journalists and others who pass through Westminster every day will know all too well".

"I think members of the public will believe this is utterly unacceptable and it is time for the government to commit to action to ending rough sleeping and homelessness - numerous root causes of which we know already".

Temperatures plunged to -2.1 Celsius degrees in the areas last night, and many homeless people use the station to get shelter from the freezing temperatures outside.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: "No one should ever have to sleep rough".

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Ms Lewell-Buck wrote: "This totally breaks my heart, if it is who I think I and many other MPs have spoken to him and helped him out where we could".

Rough sleeping in England has increased for the seventh consecutive year, official government figures show.

The Government has pledged to spend more than £1bn until 2020 to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping.

A homeless man who frequented the entrance of Westminster Station was found dead next to the underpass in exit three on Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said it was called at 7.16am to reports of a man not breathing.

Metropolitan Police are treating the death of the man as unexplained, but not suspicious.

A House of Commons spokesman said: "We are saddened to hear of the death of an individual this morning at Westminster Tube Station and offer our condolences to their friends and family at this hard time".

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