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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 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.]



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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