From Daily Mirror: Theresa May has refused to appoint a diverse panel to the Grenfell Tower inquiry, it emerged today. It is feared that the retired Court of Appeal judge lacks first-hand experience of the complex cultural factors underpinning the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The quote used by The House magazine to promote their interview with Tory trade secretary Liam Fox is:
Tory trade secretary #LiamFox: If UK trade figures are bad, it's nothing to do with me.
From Evolve Politics: Just five months after a catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower claimed the lives of approximately 80 people, Kensington’s local Conservative party have been exposed conducting a survey asking local residents if they still cared about the tragedy.
In the letter, first published on the Guido Fawkes website, the Kensington, Chelsea & Fulham Conservatives survey asks residents ‘how important’ the Grenfell Tower tragedy was to them still. Read more
From The Guardian: Tory defence secretary Michael Fallon urged MPs to stop criticising Saudi Arabia in the interests of securing a fighter jet deal, provoking sharp criticism from human rights and arms trade campaigners.
Michael Fallon told the defence committee: “I have to repeat, sadly, to this committee that obviously other criticism of Saudi Arabia in this parliament is not helpful and … I’ll leave it there,” he said. “But we need to do everything possible to encourage Saudi Arabia towards batch two. I believe they will commit to batch two.” Read more
From Disability News Service: The Tory minister “for” disabled people has dismissed a damning UN report on her government’s disability rights record, arguing that the rest of the world should instead be learning from the UK’s policies.
Penny Mordaunt was speaking weeks after the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities said the government’s social protection policies had caused a “human catastrophe” for disabled people.
From the Guardian: Theresa May will not reduce the six-week delay faced by many Universal Credit claimants despite being warned by Conservative MPs that the policy is hurting vulnerable families, sources have told the Guardian.
On Wednesday, Labour will reveal new figures, that suggest Universal Credit cuts could push 1 million more children into poverty by 2020. Read more
Tory Cabinet Minister is ill-informed and dismissive when questioned about the 55p-per-minute Universal Credit helpline
From The Independent: Liz Truss, the Tory minister who thought Britain’s level of cheese imports was a ‘disgrace’, had a paltry answer when it came to charging welfare claimants 55p-per-minute to call the government helpline.
The BBC’s Andrew Marr asks Theresa May about the rollout of Universal Credit, which is denying many destitute people any money at all for six weeks: “How are people going to eat?”
To paraphrase May’s rambling response: “We’re looking at it.”
Britain under the Tories. A Prime Minister unable to answer the question: 'how are people going to eat?'
Posted by Durham Miners' Association on Sunday, October 1, 2017
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.” Read more
From The Independent: Conservative leadership favourite Jacob Rees-Mogg has said the growth of Food Bank Britain is “rather uplifting”, showing what a “good compassionate country we are”.
From iNews: The Tory Government has been accused of inviting a “who’s who of human rights abusers” to the world’s largest defence and security fair opening in London next week.
Instead of taking the issue of a million British children going hungry seriously, Simon Hoare, the Tory MP for North Dorset, decided to make a joke about it, mocking Corbyn by implying he had a Messiah complex for caring about hungry children.
Go on Jezza: do your thing with the loaves and fishes! Best to stop walking on the water before you do though https://t.co/h7s1es2Jk4
— Simon Hoare MP (@Simon4NDorset) July 28, 2017
From Sky News: Speaking at an Asia Leadership Conference in Seoul, South Korea, David Cameron said: “The opponents of so-called austerity couch their arguments in a way that make them sound generous and compassionate… Giving up on sound finances isn’t being generous, it’s being selfish: spending money today that you may need tomorrow.”
From Huffpost: Theresa May must not abandon austerity just because cabinet ministers think voters have turned against it, Lord Lamont has said.
The former Conservative chancellor told BBC Radio 4′s Today programme this morning that public spending cuts were not something people could just get bored of like “too many repeats on TV”.
“What concerns me there is seems to be growing in the Conservative party and among ministers a feeling that because the electorate disliked austerity that this is the message that has come back and therefore it ought to be discarded,” he said.
From Metro: A lot of people are questioning why Theresa May refused to meet residents during a “private” visit after the Grenfell Tower fire.
Tory MP tells hustings: “I’m really pleased we have foodbanks” then threatens to call police on angry disabled voter
From Evolve Politics: The Tory MP for South East Cornwall, Sheryll Murray, is today at the centre of a row with constituents after she told a local hustings that she was “really pleased we have foodbanks” in the area, and then threatened to phone the police on an audience member who challenged her words.
The Conservative candidate had been speaking to voters at a hustings in the area when the comments were made.
Leah Browning, the South East Cornwall constituent who shot the video, said the audience member who challenged Tory MP Murray’s offensive remarks about foodbanks was disabled with a walking stick.
From the Daily Mirror: Tory MP Mark Pritchard walked out of an election hustings in Shropshire on Thursday night, after making inflammatory comments about people using food banks having ’58 inch TVs’ and ‘smoking £10 packs of cigarettes’.
From Metro: A leading Tory was jeered by a TV audience after saying food bank users are not ‘languishing in poverty’ but merely had ‘cash flow problems.’
Blog article from Another Angry Voice: “The Tory Dementia Tax is surely one of the nastiest and most ill-conceived pieces of legislation to ever appear in a General Election manifesto.
“It just goes to show how arrogant and out of touch the Tory party are that they thought they could get away with announcing such a malicious scheme to asset strip elderly people for the ‘crime’ of developing dementia or serious physical disabilities in their old age after lifetimes of paying National Insurance and Council Tax to cover the cost of things like the NHS and social care.
“Setting the bar at £100,000 when the average property price in the UK is £215,000 is clearly a way of harvesting the wealth of middle income families.
“The poor won’t have to pay it because they won’t own their own homes. The very wealthy won’t have to pay it because they can pay for private care in their old age. So it’s just the middle who get asset stripped. The people who worked hard and saved to buy their own properties are the low-hanging fruit the Tories have identified. They’re the target this time.
“Dementia Tax is clearly an inheritance tax specifically to extract the wealth of middle income families as they get ill in their old age, so that the Tories can continue lavishing tax breaks on the super-rich and their corporate chums (like the £70 billion that the ongoing Tory corporation tax cuts are going to cost by 2020).
“Dementia Tax is a clear and demonstrable attack on the Tory party’s own core support.”