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Volunteer Sarah Partridge helps out at a foodbank [Image: Rowan Griffiths].

Fat chance of that happening. Jacob Rees-Mogg has never done a day’s hard work in his life.

The challenge from a food bank in Bath comes after This Site reported on a food bank in Cornwall, where volunteers said they knew children were starving but they could do nothing about it because they didn’t have the resources.

It happened at the same time as Mr Rees-Mogg appeared on LBC radio to say food banks were an “uplifting” phenomenon, showing the charitable nature of UK citizens, and filling the gaps where government could not provide.

The point, of course, is that food banks do not have enough and cannot fill those gaps. People are starving because of government policy and people like Mr Rees-Mogg are mouthing platitudes about it while looking the other way.

This Writer agrees with Sarah Partridge of the Bath food bank.

A shift as a food bank volunteer would do him a power of good.

A stint as a food bank user would be far more educational, though.

Foodbank workers in Somerset [have] challenged MP Jacob Rees-Mogg to do a shift with them to witness the reality of their work.

It comes after the millionaire – touted as a future Conservative leader – claimed the huge rise of food banks was “uplifting”

Volunteers at the foodbank in … Bath can see over 20 people a day.

Volunteer Sarah Partridge, 53, said: “I would love Mr Rees-Mogg to sit by my side as I interview someone with real problems who has had their benefits stop, been sanctioned, been forced onto the streets, I would like him to see that.

“I would like him to sit in front of me when I have been faced with a hard-working nurse who works full time who cannot afford to pay for food, I would like to have him on the spot to see how hard volunteers work at these places and how hard life is for people who are forced to use them.

“Of course food banks are wonderful but I think Mr Rees-Mogg has missed the point here, the point is there should not be a need for them in modern Britain.

“I think he should walk in these people’s shoes before making comments like this.”

Read more: Foodbank workers in Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg’s constituency challenge him to do a shift


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