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Out of touch Tory votes against poverty enquiry

In a motion put before the House of Commons on Monday evening, MPs voted 125 to 2 for an inquiry into the impact welfare cuts are having on rising poverty. One of only two MPs to vote against the motion was the Tory MP for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who in thesame twenty-four hours made local and national headlines for dismissing a £250,000 bill to the House of Commons for portraits as ‘chicken feed.’

Todd_High_Resolution.jpg   Labour's Todd Foreman


In a motion put before the House of Commons on Monday evening, MPs voted 125 to 2 for an inquiry into the impact welfare cuts are having on rising poverty. One of only two MPs to vote against the motion was the Tory MP for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg, who in thesame twenty-four hours made local and national headlines for dismissing a £250,000 bill to the House of Commons for portraits as ‘chicken feed.’

 

Todd Foreman, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for North East Somerset questioned what this says to Mr Rees-Mogg’s constituents:

 

“Residents of North East Somerset are currently campaigning to save their Children’s Centres from cuts imposed by this Government; they are struggling to pay high fuel costs; more and more of them are turning to food banks; and many are suffering under the bedroom tax.  It is quite right that there be an inquiry into the link between rising poverty and the Coalition's cuts.

 

“Rather than any supportive action from their elected representative they see disinterest in rising poverty and dismissal of a quarter of a million pounds as ‘chicken feed.’

 

“The point is that a quarter of a million pounds is a great deal of money and any public expenditure, especially on that scale, should be taken seriously by those charged with spending taxpayers' funds.

 

"The strength of the local campaign against cuts to the Children’s Centres demonstrates the vital lifeline that they provide to local families already struggling to make ends meet – what do their MP’s comments say to these familes in North East Somerset? Mr Rees-Mogg should be using his voice to stand up for local residents, not making remarks that show that he is completely out of touch with day-to-day concerns of most people.

 

“Rather than dismissing the causes of increasing poverty and reducing a quarter of million to ‘chicken feed’ I call on Mr Rees-Mogg to demonstrate that he does understand the issues that matter to his constituents by taking some concrete action on their behalf.”

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