Supporting the Big Issue

Local MP Steve Brine spent a lunchtime selling the Big Issue on Winchester High Street on Friday 16th December.

Back in the summer, Steve was contacted on Twitter by the organisation, after having tweeted mentioning a conversation he had with a vendor up at Waterloo station.

Steve said: "Every week I buy my copy just as I arrive in London, and I always take a few moments to stop for a chat. As I was leaving the station, I tweeted the fact I was looking forward to having a look at the copy, and before long I had the Big Issue tweeting me back asking if I wanted to find out more."

Steve was delighted to take the opportunity to learn more about the Big Issue, and exactly how they operate, which led to the MP taking his place outside Boots and Clinton Cards.

Steve continued: "Big Issue really is a part of the fabric of our nation now, just as the chap I see every week at Waterloo is a part of my life. It really was fascinating to see how sellers and the public interact, particularly as I was dressed down and didn't look like the Member of Parliament.

"It really brought home the work ethic that vendors have, and I salute the fact that they are out in all weathers when to some, the easy option would be to stay indoors in the warm. I managed to sell ten in an hour, which is just a little over average for this spot, and I absolutely encourage my constituents to continue to support the Big Issue here on Winchester High Street.

"This was an incredible experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed and have taken a lot from."

Pictured; The Hampshire Chronicle take a few moments to chat to Steve on the High Street.


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