Mark Field defends leaked email branding homeless as ‘undesirables’

Mr Field is currently suspended as a minister

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Tory MP Mark Field has defended describing a homelessness charity as a "magnet for undesirables", claiming he was simply quoting the views of his constituents.

The Cities of London and Westminster MP said local charity The Passage encouraged "undesirables to flood into Victoria", and that it needed to "take a little more responsibility for its ‘clients’".

But Mr Field insisted that the message was "reiterating in verbatim quotations" constituency concerns over a rise in rough sleeping and antisocial behaviour.

“As a Conservative MP I have made strong representations to the current government about this worsening trend," he said in a statement to talkRADIO.

“I have and will continue to work with Westminster City Council, The Passage and other homelessness charities to seek out long-term solutions here in central London.”

talkRADIO invited the homelessness charity Shelter to respond to Mr Field’s remarks, but it was unable to do so due to its partnership with The Passage, which does not wish to comment on the email.

Mr Field was suspended as a Foreign Office minister last month after forcefully removing a Greenpeace protester from an event while chancellor Philip Hammond was giving a speech.

Footage showed him pushing the female campaigner against a column before taking her by the back of the neck and walking her out of the room at Mansion House.

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