A MAN thought to be homeless has died just yards from the entrance to the Houses of Parliament this morning.
Police confirm the as-yet unidentified man died in the underpass which connects Westminster Tube station with the Parliamentary Estate.
A statement from the Met said he was found unresponsive by Westminster City Council outreach services.
They said they attempted to give CPR until paramedics and police arrived, but later passed away.
Scotland Yard added that the incident is not being treated as suspicious.
A spokeswoman said: "Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 7.17am to reports of an unresponsive male in the underpass of Exit 3 of Westminster Underground Station.
"Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.33am.
"At this early stage in the investigation, the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.
"A crime scene is in place and the exit remains closed. A file will be prepared for the coroner."
Responding to the news Jeremy Corbyn said: “I've just been told about the death of a rough sleeper right by the entrance to Parliament.
“The powerful can't carry on walking by on the other side while people don't have a home to call their own.”
The Labour leader added in a tweet: “It's time all MPs took up this moral challenge and properly housed everyone.”
His office arranged for flowers to be laid where he was found, along with a note from Mr Corbyn, as some members of his team were in contact with the man, and used to bring him food.
I've just been told about the death of a rough sleeper right by the entrance to Parliament. The powerful can't carry on walking by on the other side while people don't have a home to call their own. It's time all MPs took up this moral challenge and properly housed everyone.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) February 14, 2018
The authorities have not confirmed if he was homeless but a number of MPs have suggested the man was seen regularly by the Tube entrance.
Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said: “A homeless man who was seen frequently at the tube entrance to Portcullis House Westminster underground station has been found dead today.
“Whatever the circumstances it's a terrible tragedy that somebody ends their days like this, the government must do more to combat homelessness.”
Another MP Emma Lewell-Buck tweeted in response: “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.
“Best thing MPs can do is keep pressure on Government to stop pretending they are taking proactive action on homelessness and stop Councils misusing PSPOs.”
A homeless man who was seen frequently at the tube entrance to Portcullis House Westminster underground station has been found dead today. Whatever the circumstances it's a terrible tragedy that somebody ends their days like this, the govt must do more to combat homelessness.
— Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner) February 14, 2018
Truly awful. A shocking indictment of this Government's record. Every day when I come into Parliament I wonder if Cabinet Ministers don't also see the hugely increased numbers of people rough sleeping outside Parliament and realise they need to act urgently. https://t.co/LDu22WNz3c
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) February 14, 2018
The Labour member for South Shields was referring to Public Spaces Protection Orders, which are used by councils to move rough sleepers out of certain areas.
Another Labour MP David Lammy said the news was “truly awful”, saying it was a “shocking indictment of this Government's record”.
The member for Tottenham tweeted: “Every day when I come into Parliament I wonder if Cabinet Ministers don't also see the hugely increased numbers of people rough sleeping outside Parliament and realise they need to act urgently.”
Labour MP Neil Coyle said: "I've been told that the man who died on Parliament's doorstep this morning was homeless. What an appalling indictment of Government failure."
He tweeted: "When a homeless man dies on the Government's doorstep, ministers must stop ignoring the problem and commit to end rough sleeping."
And his colleague Paula Sheriff posted: “Understand this was a homeless gentleman. How absolutely tragic. We MUST do more.”
This totally breaks my heart, if it is who I think I & many other MPs have spoken to him and helped him out where we could- best thing MPs can do is keep pressure on Govt to stop pretending they are taking proactive action on homelessness & stop Councils misusing PSPOs https://t.co/jaw8EsbPk0
— Emma Lewell-Buck MP (@EmmaLewellBuck) February 14, 2018
Understand this was a homeless gentleman. How absolutely tragic. We MUST do more https://t.co/fgVmIjOdEu
— Paula Sherriff MP (@paulasherriff) February 14, 2018
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 7.16am today to Westminster tube station, to reports of a man not breathing.
“We sent a team leader, an advanced paramedic, a cycle responder and two ambulance crews.
“Sadly, despite resuscitation efforts, he died at the scene.”
The area where he was found often contains rough sleepers, and is only a few steps away from an underground entrance where MPs and other passholders can enter Parliament.
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 difficult time."
The incident comes just days after the council confirmed wealthy residents in Westminster, one of Britain’s richest boroughs, will be asked to pay a voluntary tax to help with the homeless crisis in the area.
They will send letters in the coming weeks to homeowners in the highest council tax bracket – Band H – asking them to cough up an extra £833.
The central London borough had the highest rate of rough sleeping in 2017.
A spokesperson for Westminster City Council said: “This is a very sad incident and we will work with police as they establish the cause of death.
"In the meantime, anyone worried about a rough sleeper can visit www.streetlink.org.uk to alert our teams and allow us to provide routes off the street and into safety.”
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