Layla Moran, Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon, has slammed the Government over shameful homeless deaths and homeless arrests, after it has been revealed that Oxford has the second highest rate of deaths in England per 100,000 people in 2017.
In addition to the homeless deaths it has also been revealed that, from 2014 to 2017, 140 people were arrested under the highly controversial 1824 Vagrancy Act by Thames Valley police.
Layla has consistently been campaigning in Parliament to repeal the Vagrancy Act, a law that effectively criminalises rough sleeping. She recently brought a debate to the House of Commons that gained support from leading homeless charities and MPs from across the political spectrum.
Commenting on the arrests and deaths Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:
“These findings are devastating - this is a disgrace. I am deeply saddened to hear about not only the number of deaths in Oxford but also the fact that people are still being criminalised for being homeless. We must demand better for them.
“I am still working with MPs and homelessness charities to take the necessary steps to end this outdated, heartless law. People should not be being arrested and people should not be dying on our streets.
“We are a modern, rich nation and should not be failing those most vulnerable in our society, I’ll be keeping up my campaign to scrap the Vagrancy Act.”