A teenager who fled to the UK from Iran where he faced persecution for being gay was housed by a private contractor in a small bedroom that he was expected to share with a former Taliban supporter. Under Talban rule in Afghanistan, homosexuality carried the death penalty.

He was among those housed in Middlesbrough, where a political row blew up last month when it was revealed that the homes where asylum seekers live could be identified by their red doors.

The Middlesbrough MP, Andy McDonald, told MPs during a debate on private firms contracted to house asylum seekers that that he had been "amazed" to learn how "different people can be put into a single bedroom quite inappropriately."

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