Heidi Allen.

Heidi Allen has a history of speaking against Tory benefit changes and then voting for them.

In October 2015, her maiden speech before the House of Commons criticised proposed cuts to tax credits. She then marched through the ‘aye’ lobby alongside all her fellow Conservatives, in line with the Tory whip, and voted the same cuts through.

Now she is calling for Penny Mordaunt to rethink her plan to narrow down eligibility for the Personal Independence Payment that goes to people who have disabilities, in order to keep payments within an arbitrary Tory budget.

Ms Mordaunt’s decision follows two rulings by the courts, saying current criteria should be extended because they are not fair.

But who can doubt that Ms Allen will again go back on her word and support the cuts, if they are put before the Commons for approval?

On the Today programme this morning the Conservative MP Heidi Allen said she hoped the government would reconsider its plan to curb eligibility for the personal independence payment. And she said the whole benefit should be reviewed, because it was not “fit for purpose”. She told the programme:

“In my view, the courts are there for a reason. If they have come up with this ruling, which says that the criteria should be extended, then I believe we have a duty to honour that. That is their role. Does that mean we should look at the process as a whole? Frankly I think we should do that anyway. It is not fit for purpose at the moment.”

Asked if she had a message for the disabilities minister Penny Mordaunt, Allen said:

“Don’t do it. If I was in her shoes, I would take the financial hit and say we need to accept this. Now let’s really look at this PIP policy, which is something that needs to happen anyway, and review the whole thing from top to bottom.”

Source: Guardian Politics Live web page

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