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Street politics: how Britain is failing a hidden cohort of homeless non-voters

Although homeless Britons are eligible to vote, figures suggest less than 1 per cent are registered to do so. Speaking to homeless people in my university town helped me understand why

By James Walker  

A homeless man on the streets of Westminster. Photo: PA

The average homeless person supports the Green Party, is anti-immigration and thinks that Theresa May is Margaret Thatcher 2.0. At least, that’s what my study interviewing 26 homeless people in my university town would suggest.

Of course, this doesn’t reflect the breadth of political opinion within the homeless community. Then again, neither does British democracy. In the UK, the homeless don’t vote, despite technically having the right to do so through a declaration of local connection. Only 0.9 per…

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