Crocodile tears: Heidi Allen’s emotional response to effect of Universal Credit is negated by her voting record

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:

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.

The information from 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.]


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:

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  1. Nick December 6, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    “Heidi and frank have known for many years about the many hundreds of welfare reform deaths so Heidi crying on the tv make no sense whatsoever

    unless it has just hit home that the political party you belong to sets out to destroy vulnerable people

    and I doubt that very much judging by her voting record

  2. casalealex December 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    How Heidi Allen has voted

    Generally voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability

    Generally voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
    Consistently voted against laws to promote equality and human rights
    Has never voted on allowing terminally ill people to be given assistance to end their life
    Consistently voted for reducing central government funding of local government
    Almost always voted against more powers for local councils
    Consistently voted for mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities
    Consistently voted against a publicly owned railway system
    Consistently voted for phasing out secure tenancies for life

    Proving that the Tories just do not care; and they do not even care that we all know they do not care….

  3. Roland Laycock December 6, 2017 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Stupid cow should be on the TV as an actor

  4. Thomas December 6, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Yes – she has yet to match word (which is sometimes, as in the case recorded here, good) with deed (which in terms of votes in the house at least is absolutely dreadful).

  5. blackghost55 December 6, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    I watched this yesterday & was sickened to the stomach when Heidi turned the tears on…
    Have a nice Christmas & have a thought for them & 1000s that have lost their lives due to
    your reforms…

  6. John December 7, 2017 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Heidi Allen seems to be one of those who can talk the talk, but can’t walk the walk!

  7. ory December 7, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Ian Duncan Smith should be put in the stocks and have grenades thrown at him and Hiedi allen should pick up the pieces.

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