Tory MP claims food banks are simply “part of modern living”
From Political Scrapbook: Conservative MP George Freeman has found a new excuse for the explosion in demand for emergency food parcels since the Tories took power – apparently being unable to buy food is just part of modern life.
The Tory MP told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour: “The truth is things are tough. They have been tough in the last few years. Barry [Gardiner] may well try to say this is a Tory problem – foodbanks went up by 10 times under Tony Blair. It’s been part of modern living. The cost of living has gone up.”
The #Tories always like to claim there’s nothing new in foodbanks – but the number of 3-day emergency food supplies given by Trussell Trust food banks is nearly thirty times higher now than when the Tories entered government in 2010.
Freeman then had the audacity to suggest: “Conservative economic policy is providing the best hope of all – it’s jobs and income that really boost prosperity.”
Freeman certainly played his part in slashing benefits during his time as head of Theresa May’s policy unit.
Earlier this year, he defended massive cuts to PIP disability benefits at the dispatch box by arguing only “really disabled people” deserve the support.
And when it comes to wages, Freeman has defended the Government’s dire record for prosecutions against bosses undercutting the minimum wage.
He told a Labour MP that they were “playing the politics of envy” by calling for enforcement of the policy.
Naturally, Freeman also voted against an investigation into the growth of foodbanks and hunger in Britain.