The North’s poor are going hungry after the Government rejected a £22m food fund from Europe, it has been claimed by the region’s Labour MEPs, according to the Sunday Sun – as reported by Unemployed in Tyne & Wear.
David Cameron has been criticised for allegedly failing to take the money, which could go directly to foodbanks in the region, over fears it reveals the UK’s dependency on the EU and weakens his position.
The Conservative Party has dismissed Labour’s claims, saying people are not missing out on the EU cash and have £2.9m to spend.
Labour MEPs have now written an open letter to the Prime Minister asking him to lift his block on support for the country’s most vulnerable people, for what they consider are solely ‘ideological reasons’.
The European Aid to the Most Deprived Fund is worth £2.5bn, and is available to all EU member countries, to help people who are most in need.
Read more on Unemployed in Tyne & Wear.
When it comes to rejecting help from the European Union, David Cameron already has what the police call ‘form’ – he refused to take advantage of a huge EU ‘Solidarity’ fund to help flood victims, as reported by this blog back in February.
It was stated then – and bears restating now: “He has made it clear that his is a government that only looks after its own supporters.
“Everyone else can drown.
“We won’t forget that.”
And we haven’t forgotten.
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