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Professor Philip Alston: He came to his conclusions by listening to people affected by Conservative policies on the poor, sick and disabled. Tories implemented those policies by ignoring the very same people.

Let’s get this right: UN special rapporteur Professor Philip Alston is set to issue a preliminary statement on the connection between Conservative government policy and the increase in poverty, homelessness and benefit-related suicide, on November 16 – and Esther McVey resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary the day before.

She quit to get out of having to answer his charges, didn’t she?

I mean, it’s more believable than her claim that she couldn’t look her constituents in the eye and defend Theresa May’s Brexit deal, isn’t it?

If you’re wondering why Ms McVey would want to pretend to quit over Brexit, rather than defend her record and that of the other Tory Work and Pensions secretaries since 2010, consider what we know of Professor Alston’s findings:

He berated the Tory government for “outsourcing” the task of keeping people alive to food banks.

He has heard stories of “families facing homelessness, of people too scared to eat, of those on benefits contemplating suicide”.

And he said the effect of Universal Credit – hey, what’s Esther McVey’s position on Universal Credit?

… And he said the effect of Universal Credit on the poverty experienced by disabled people and other groups “would play an important part” in his report.

So what do you think?

Did Esther McVey resign because of Theresa May’s Brexit?

Or did she want to get out of being told off by the man from the UN?

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