It would have been such a nice story – a ‘coming together’ of Labour and Conservative to make Universal Credit better. What a shame it isn’t true.
Here‘s Evolve Politics:
Labour’s Frank Field moved a Conservative MP to tears during a debate on Universal Credit in Parliament today.
During an incredibly emotive speech, Field recounted several horrifying stories of the devastating effects the new all-in-one Tory benefit, Universal Credit, has had on several of his constituents.
Field’s stories, which included a constituent who he had attempted to persuade not to commit suicide, and another family whose child had cried with hunger, were so heart-wrenching that Conservative MP Heidi Allen was left too emotional to continue her reply to the Labour MP.
See the exchange for yourself:
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 5, 2017
The trouble is, they were crocodile tears from Ms Allen, who makes a very good show of caring when she is in front of the Commons cameras, but relentlessly troops through the lobbies in support of the Conservative government policies that have caused the misery that apparently moved her.
Fake Tory tears she voted for every cut pic.twitter.com/fAPZpw9J0H
— steve barber (@LptpsteveBarber) December 5, 2017
The information from TheyWorkForYou.com states clearly that Ms Allen has voted “against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability” and “generally voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits”. [Boldings mine.]
Theresa May tells Conservatives she wants them to be seen as the caring party. Then as if by magic Heidi Allen sheds crocodile tears in the Commons for the victims she voted to create. And the Tories lap dog BBC scooped it up and packaged it to sell to the nation
— Gary Barker 🇮🇪 🇪🇺 🇬🇧 (@Barkercartoons) December 5, 2017
Heidi is very good at playing to the gallery – but she troops through the lobby in support. https://t.co/KnJi2FIx0g
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) December 5, 2017
Crocodile tears she voted for cuts to welfare budget in favour of new nuclear weapons system – we are not fooled by her tears or lies. She needs to hang head in shame voting record on welfare reforms & equality & human rights speaks volumes. It’s appalling
— paula peters (@paulapeters2) December 6, 2017
Why is MP Heidi Allen (@heidiallen75) so shocked by the immense hardship and suffering caused by the draconian welfare reforms? I'm across the pond in Canada and have spent the past five years documenting the horrors that only now have moved her to tears.
— Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) December 6, 2017
And some commenters have paused to remind us all that the architect of Universal Credit was Iain Duncan Smith – and he deserves to be punished for the harm he has inflicted on innocent citizens of the UK:
Let us never forget the immense hardship Iain Duncan Smith has heaped upon the most vulnerable people in this country + Universal Credit is his baby. He was born privileged and has NO idea what it is like to struggle. Shame on you Iain Duncan Smith.
— Susie Harris (@susieharris19) December 5, 2017
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