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Encyclopedia > John Bird (The Big Issue Founder)

John Bird is the founder of The Big Issue, a British magazine that is edited by professional journalists and sold by street vendors affected by homelessness. Founded by John Bird, Dave Bulldog and Gordon Roddick in September 1991, The Big Issue is a magazine in the United Kingdom that is edited by professional journalists and sold by homeless people. ... A homeless person in Paris. ...

Bird was born in Notting Hill, London in 1946. As a child he experienced homelessness and spent several years in an orphanage. By his twenties he had served several prison sentences for theft.[1] This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...

In September 1991 he launched The Big Issue. He is currently president of The Big Issue Foundation Board of Trustees.[2]

In June 1995 Bird was awarded the MBE for ‘services to homeless people’. MBE can stand for: Member of the Order of the British Empire Mail Boxes Etc. ...

In March 2007 he announced his intention to stand for election to the post of Mayor of London.[3] He unveiled his election manifesto in May 2007, and will run as an independent candidate when the poll takes place in 2008.[4] Ken Livingstone, the current Mayor of London The Mayor of London is an elected politician in London, United Kingdom. ...


  1. ^ http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/vitallink/LRJohn_Bird.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.bigissue.com/aboutfound.html
  3. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6479753.stm
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6611847.stm



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