Tory Ministers roaring with laughter at poor people having to fight for food and use food banks to survive.
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons debate on food banks early.
Tory ministers have been condemned for not taking the plight Britain’s poor seriously after a rowdy Commons debate on food banks during which the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith refused to answer questions and left early.
As Fiona MacTaggart, the Labour MP for Slough, described how people battled over end of day bargains in her local Tesco, she was almost drowned out by laughter and jeering from the government benches.
TAP – I know someone who drives eighty miles a week to fill up his car with these end of day bargains. They are not poor but feeding six children! The prices are amazing, and most of the food is still fine – just past its sell by date. 90% is not uncommon.
Ms MacTaggart could barely be heard over the braying as she described how the supermarket had been forced to draft in extra security and asked “Isn’t that a shocking sign in the 21st century?”
Labour MP for Copeland in Cumbria, Jamie Reed told The Mirror: “I regret to say the laughter from the government benches says more about this issue than words ever could.”
Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, and the remaining government ministers from his department left the debate after an hour, well before its conclusion.
Barry Gardiner, Labour MP for Brent said it was “extraordinary” to see Mr Duncan Smith smirking as it was pointed out that half a million people are now using food banks – and the minister refused to answer any questions directly, instead leaving them to be fielded by his deputy, Esther McVey.
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