Conor is determined to do all that he can to ease the plight of the homeless and has made this one of his major priorities as a Member of Parliament. He will do all he can to bring the many charities together to maximise all the important work they do and to avoid duplication and to encourage the local council to engage and work with the effective work that the charities do.
“I went to a private school run by Christian brothers and we were very much encouraged to consider that the privilege we had was one side of the coin; the other side was responsibility,” explained Conor. “When I was in my sixth form, I coordinated a project to improve conditions for patients in our local mental health facility. Sadly, when I returned years later, the hospital had closed and some of those patients were the people now living in the street. “Behind every person on the street there is a tragedy and I feel the obligation that we should do all we can. I’m not convinced that we’re getting it right here in Bournemouth or embracing the range of charity organisations, professional organisations and churches that wish to help. It’s in the town’s economic as well as moral interest to help people get off the street.”
During the pandemic the Government have given BCP a total of £7.4 million to help tackle rough sleeping.