Houses of Parliament open its doors to Big Issue vendors and James Bowen

September saw the Houses of Parliament receive some very special guests to celebrate the publication of The Parliamentary Review.

The Parliamentary review is a series of documents based around key policy areas, where organisations and individuals – including Bird and The Big Issue – share best practice as a means of inspiring others.

Current and former Big Issue vendors, along with Big Issue Founder, John Bird were invited for an evening reception to mark the achievements of the life-changing magazine.

The Parliamentary review is a series of documents based around key policy areas, where organisations and individuals – including Bird and The Big Issue – share best practice as a means of inspiring others.

Guest included, former vendor turned bestselling author of a Street Cat Names Bob, James Bowen, Big Issue Franchisees Sam and George and current vendor Johnny (pictured).

The group mingled with some of the country’s leading political and business figures, sharing the entrepreneurial ideas behind The Big Issue that have helped thousands of people suffering from poverty and exclusion overcome huge hurdles over the past quarter of a century.

Covent Garden Franchisee Sam, a former vendor, said:

“The Big Issue remains a leader, there are many charities around that hand out soup and sandwiches, clothes and sleeping bags. But only The Big Issue will give you a structured life and your self-respect back.”

The Big Issue has been a major innovator and influencer on social policy for over 25 years. This week’s edition of The Big Issue, on sale now, has been specially curated by the magazine’s founder, Lord John Bird, to mark the organisation’s ‘25+1’ birthday this week.

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