Police are investigating after a homeless man was found dead near the Tube entrance to Parliament.
Officers and paramedics were called to Westminster Underground Station shortly before 7.30am after reports of an unresponsive man near exit three. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and officers are treating the death as unexplained but not suspicious.
The area of the station where the man was found is often used by homeless people to sleep during the night. Officials have not confirmed whether the man was a rough sleeper but several MPs said he was a homeless man who was seen frequently at the Tube entrance.
Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said: “A homeless man who was seen frequently at the tube entrance to Portcullis House Westminster underground station has been found dead today.
“Whatever the circumstances it’s a terrible tragedy that somebody ends their days like this, the govt must do more to combat homelessness.”
The Tube entrance to the Parliamentary Estate, which is next to the exit, remains closed. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 7.17am to reports of an unresponsive male in the underpass of exit three of Westminster Underground Station. “Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended.
“The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.33am. At this early stage in the investigation, the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. “A crime scene is in place and the exit remains closed. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”