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Mother COLLAPSES FROM HUNGER after two mile walk with toddlers to food bank

Food bank: Parents who have jobs are being forced to visit food banks because they aren’t being paid enough – at a time when the Conservatives are pushing wage increases well below inflation. The result is that people who are fully-employed are passing out due to lack of food, on the way to the food banks.

The only thing that could make this worse for the Tory government is if the mum was also an NHS nurse.

A mum collapsed of exhaustion and hunger after walking two miles with a pair of toddlers to reach a South Tyneside food bank.

The team from Hospitality and Hope in Hampden Street, South Shields, arranged for the family to be taken home and emergency food support to be provided.

As part of the Household Support Fund administered by South Tyneside Council, the family was also given access to support for gas so they could stay warm.

It turns out that both parents have jobs.

But the cost of paying their bills has now overtaken their collective income. The parents had been going without food in order to keep the children nourished.

All this in the sixth-richest country on the planet, due to Conservative Party government.

And it’s nearly two years until we can change the UK’s direction of travel with a general election.

My only hope is that people take it a little more seriously next time – especially everybody who didn’t think politics had anything to do with them – if they survive the current freeze and don’t starve.

Source: Mum collapses from hunger after walking two miles with toddlers to South Tyneside food bank | Shields Gazette

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Policeman who attacked terrified woman WHO WAS JUST WALKING HOME is spared jail

Police: even in the illustration it seems the policeman doesn’t want to be anywhere near the police woman.

It’s as though the last two weeks never happened.

The man attacking a woman while she was walking home in this video was a serving police officer – and remains a serving police officer after appearing in court and admitting the offence:

Let’s look a little more closely at that point about the victim facing an uphill battle to get justice:

So the first thing Warwickshire police did on receiving the complaint was ignore it.

Let us be clear: this was an unprovoked and violent attack by a large, drunken man, perpetrated at night against a much smaller woman.

And rather than treat it with the seriousness it deserved – especially as it related to one of their own – our law guardians did nothing.

I understand they would have brushed it under the carpet altogether if the CCTV footage had not been produced.

As it is, we can see that Oliver Banfield, 25, hurled a stream of misogynistic abuse at Emma Holmer, 11 years his senior, as he tried to employ techniques he learned from police training to drag her to the ground and put her in a headlock.

Apparently this has been described as an “unlawful arrest”. I’m sure you can think of a much better description for what is clearly a hate attack against a woman.

And how was she affected?

Miss Homer said the attack had a devastating effect on her.

She has suffered from anxiety, stress, panic attacks and insomnia and is undergoing therapy and counselling.

Miss Homer said being attacked by a police officer had shaken her belief system “to the core”.

“I often ask myself if the impact of the attack would have been so severe if my assailant was not a police officer,” she said.

“During the assault as I struggled to get to safety I was sure this drunk man was fulfilling a violent cop movie fantasy.

“To be verbally abused with misogynistic slang, grabbed by the neck and forced to the floor on a dark road by a drunk man, a foot taller than me, is terrifying.

“But to then find out he was a police officer shook my belief system to its core.

“Immediately after the assault I was in shock. I could not sleep

“I found myself compulsively running through the streets going through the events of the assault.

“What if I hadn’t got away? What if he had attacked another woman drunk?”

What, indeed?

Yet despite the aggravating features of this case – the use of police techniques, the misogynistic hate speech, and the slowness of his colleagues to prosecute Banfield – a judge at a magistrates court let this man – who should be stripped of his police career – walk free.

He was ordered to pay £500 compensation and £180 court costs, and was put under a 14 week curfew that means he may not leave his house between 7pm and 7am – after he cried off community service, his lawyer saying it would be difficult for him to work with criminals.

WITH criminals? Perhaps somebody should point out that this man IS a criminal.

And let’s remind ourselves that Sarah Everard was “just walking home” (the words have been used as a slogan ever since the incident) when she was attacked and murdered – allegedly by another serving policeman.

Two incidents cannot suggest that such behaviour is epidemic in the UK’s police. But they are enough to instil fear in every woman who has to walk home in the dark because they know they cannot automatically rely on the police to keep them safe.

When a trust is betrayed, it can be extremely difficult to win back. Sometimes it is impossible.

It seems clear that the police – and the justice system – isn’t even bothering to try.

Source: Off-duty police officer, 25, who attacked ‘terrified’ woman walking home spared jail – Mirror Online

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Ministers fail to name a single social mobility policy while trying to defend their record

Alan Milburn resigned as chairman of the social mobility commission at the weekend [Image: Richard Gardner/Rex/Shutterstock].

This is damning.

Not only could the Conservative government not name a single proposal by the social mobility commission that had been adopted in the last year, but its representative can’t even get his quotations right.

Sure, the comment originally applied to late US President Gerald Ford was that he couldn’t “walk and chew gum at the same time” – but what Lyndon Johnson actually said was, “Jerry Ford is so dumb he can’t fart and chew gum at the same time.”

Are the members of the minority Conservative government able to match that feat?

Doubtful.

The government has defended its commitment to improving social mobility for the most disadvantaged people, despite the resignation of the social mobility commission board, but ministers struggled to name any proposals recommended by the body that had been adopted in the past year.

In an urgent parliamentary question triggered by the resignations, the minister for children and families, Robert Goodwill, insisted the government would appoint a new board and continue to work to improve social mobility.

The Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, secured an urgent question on the decision of the former Labour health secretary Alan Milburn, the former Conservative education secretary Baroness Gillian Shephard and two other board members to resign in protest at the lack of progress towards a “fairer Britain”.

Pointing out that “geographical division in Britain is more extreme than in any other country in Europe”, Cable echoed concerns expressed by Milburn in his resignation letter and warned that “Brexit is sucking the life out of government”, making it impossible for officials to focus on important long-term goals such as improving the life chances for the most disadvantaged.

Goodwill replied: “Whilst Brexit is an important priority of this government, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. We are committed to improving this process of improving social mobility for everyone in this country.”

Source: Ministers defend record on social mobility but can’t name policies | Society | The Guardian


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Jeremy Hunt’s plan to ease Accident & Emergency admissions might as well be murder

Jeremy Hunt has doctors on the rack [Cartoon: Mirror Online].

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is another Tory MP who should face a Nuremberg-style show trial after we get a sane, Labour government back in office.

His plan to solve the A&E crisis, in which people have to wait many hours for treatment, is to force patients to seek referral from their GP first. But the average wait for a GP appointment is three weeks, as Mr Hunt knows perfectly well.

He’s the one who has poured the pressure on them.

And he doesn’t care. Watch this video, in which he shows absolutely no compassion for overworked doctors, even after being told several have taken their own lives because of his policies:

He sat there with a smirk on his face while listening to the facts – including mention of deaths – and then as good as admitted that he’s using the NHS to train staff for private health companies.

“We’ve made good progress on the medical school side but we need to do a lot better in terms of the retention side” means doctors and nurses are quitting, after qualification, to work elsewhere. Does he really mean that, considering he co-wrote a book demanding the privatisation of the NHS?

Plans to increase the number of doctors being trained won’t help the NHS keep them; better pay and working conditions are needed to achieve that.

He said he wants GPs to “do the work that we need general practice to do”. What work is that, exactly? Referring people to private health firms, rather than helping them on the NHS? You have to ask.

Meanwhile, the queues of patients mount up.

Of course, many are forced to attend A&E simply because they can’t get to see a GP in reasonable time. Forcing them back is simply compounding a problem that Jeremy Hunt has created.

He would put patients in a permanent loop, running back and forth between GP and A&E, and receiving treatment from neither.

Until when? People have already died because of Mr Hunt’s ideologically-motivated underfunding of both branches of the NHS.

His plan seems to be to force patients to wait for care until after the end of their lives – in the same way his colleague David Gauke wants benefit claimants to die before receiving state benefits.

Yet both patients and claimants have paid for these services already – through taxes, direct and indirect.

That’s why Tory ministers like Mr Hunt belong in court, on mass murder charges. They know the consequences of their policies and are implementing them anyway.


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