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Exclusive Westminster agency worker who serves champagne to politicians set to be made homeless

AN AGENCY worker who serves champagne to politicians at Westminster but is set to be made homeless has appealed for help to Amber Rudd, her local MP, but has yet to receive a response.

Fiona McCormick, 62, serves food and drink at political conferences in Millbank Tower, the home of the Conservative Party and the People’s Vote campaign.

She has asked the Work and Pensions Secretary, who represents Hastings and Rye in the Commons, whether she will support her.

After severe damp, mould and leaks in her basement flat made Ms McCormick severely ill, Hastings Borough Council condemned the property last year as unfit to live in.

In late December, she was given notice to leave the flat while it was repaired.

Her solicitors wrote to the landlord asking how long she would need to be out of the flat and who would pay for her temporary accommodation, but no response was received.

Ms McCormick intended to move out on March 1 but was ordered last Friday to leave on February 6 — giving her just three weeks’ notice.

The renovation work is not due to be completed for two months, making her homeless and with nowhere to go.

The high cost of rent in London means she commutes from Hastings, spending up to £30 a day on transport.

Ms McCormick, who lost her job at an airline in the financial crash of 2008, relies on universal credit due to the casual nature of agency work.

She told the Star that she had been sanctioned over Christmas under the controversial benefits system, leaving her unable to afford to turn on the lights in the evening.

In the letter to Ms Rudd, she says: “I’m about to be homeless. I have no rent arrears.

“I am on universal credit and my benefits are not getting calculated right. I really need this to be sorted as soon as possible.

“Your government has caused this mess, so what are you going to do to help?”

It is understood that Ms Rudd, who has a parliamentary majority of 346, has not yet responded to Ms McCormick’s letter.


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