Big Issue founder gives Merlin staff tour of the House of Lords

October 03 2017

Staff from a Chipping Sodbury based housing charity have received a guided tour around the House of Lord’s from the founder of the Big Issue magazine.

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Staff from a Chipping Sodbury based housing charity have received a guided tour around the House of Lord’s from the founder of the Big Issue magazine. 

Seven staff were given an all-access tour by Lord Bird. The visit was a thank you for the team after they spent a week in the summer transforming the homelessness magazine’s Bristol office.

 Business Administration Apprentice Jasmine Newton said: “It was a really great day, we had so much fun. Lord Bird was brilliant; he told us about his life story, how he founded the Big Issue and became a Lord. We got to see around the House of Lords and the House of Commons and some of us even got to see Prime Minister’s Questions. It was such an interesting day.”

 A cross-bench peer appointed to the House of Lords in October 2015, Lord Bird told stories of working in the café at parliament when he was on the run from the police, of vendors past and present, and his own experiences of homelessness and poverty. 

Lord Bird said: “It was brilliant meeting the team from Merlin. It was a golden hour, I think we all thoroughly enjoyed it.”