Boris Johnson announced that £1bn will be pumped into Croydon on Thursday, in a redevelopment plan that will see a new Westfield set up in the South London borough.

The Mayor's rhetoric of confident investment and future prosperity might have been fine oratory but during a photo walkabout he was confronted with evidence of the poverty on Britain's streets.

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Someone living rough with his dog looks up to see Boris walking on

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Homeless person in South London looks on as Boris walks past

In December, charity Crisis warned homelessness in England has risen by nearly a quarter, and is even higher in London.

The Mayor's office later tweeted:


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Delighted to join Westfield & Hammerson this morning. Croydon's regeneration secure with announcement of new shopping centre - jobs & growth

The Mayor's office told the Huffington Post UK that Boris Johnson did not speak with any rough sleepers whilst in Croydon.

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    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (centre) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

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    Mayor of London Boris Johnson, talks with a member of the public, during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

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    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

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    Chairman and Co-founder of the Westfield group Frank Lowy,speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where Mayor of London Boris Johnson announed a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

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    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

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    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (second left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, south London, where he announced a £1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.

  • Croydon redevelopment plan

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) during a walkabout in Croydon, south London, after announcing a 1 billion investment for a redevelopment plan in the area.