Does Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour represent benefit claimants as well as workers? Yes it does

Jeremy Corbyn (l) and Debbie Abrahams (r), his shadow work and pensions secretary, with Paul Rutherford – a friend of This Site who they helped in a struggle with the DWP over housing benefit. They thought he deserved representation, as they think any other UK citizen does.

It’s interesting that this point was raised by Charlotte Hughes, who campaigns outside Ashton Under Lyne Job Centre and writes The Poor Side of Life blog.

While handing out food parcels today (July 20), she found herself speaking to a lady who did not believe Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour would represent her. Here’s Charlotte to explain:

I had a lovely conversation with a lady who we had helped previously… She brought up a very good point… that whilst all of Jeremy Corbyn’s policies and speeches were brilliant and are brilliant, they are still lacking in something.

People like the lady that I was speaking to don’t feel like they are being adequately represented.

They still feel left out of everything and are really wanting to be represented. Like she said, “I may not be working but I still deserve representation because I am a person and I do matter”. Well said to her. She does matter and I will continue to push this point across.

Source: Food parcels gone in less than five minutes. Once again frustration and anger. – The poor side of life

The facts are a little different; Mr Corbyn, and his shadow Work and Pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams, have gone to great lengths to explain that they want to return fairness to the system.

But the facts aren’t worth a farthing if they’re not getting through.

Clearly Labour – and those of us who try to publicise left-wing politics here in a very right-wing country – must work harder to get these points across.

I wonder whether Labour would have fared (even) better in the June election if people like the lady mentioned above had been aware of exactly what the party’s policy really is.

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


1 thought on “Does Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour represent benefit claimants as well as workers? Yes it does

  1. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    Being asked about your values could lead to an ESA sanction – 19th July 2017

    New employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants subject to the Health and Work Conversation (HWC) should be aware that if they are asked to carry out a ‘My Values’ exercise then they are potentially being considered for a sanction.

    Health and Work Conversation
    Following a Freedom of Information Act request, Benefits and Work has received a large bundle of documents relating to the HWC currently being rolled out to new ESA claimants across the country. We’ve published these documents in the ESA section of the members area.

    Full roll out of the HWC is expected to happen by the Autumn.

    Read More:

Comments are closed.