Tory MP says poor people ‘can’t cook or budget properly’
The Metro says a Tory beckbencher has provoked outrage by claiming there is not much need for food banks – instead blaming people being unable to cook for the surging demand on them.
Ashfield MP Lee Anderson said too many people ‘cannot cook’ and ‘cannot budget’ before accusing critics of being ‘out of touch’.
He was speaking in the Commons debate on the government’s new Queen’s Speech outlining 38 proposed bills but which critics say offers little to address Britain’s soaring cost-of-living crisis, amid spiralling prices as well as energy bills.
Mr Anderson, a former Labour councillor before switching to the Conservatives in 2018 before being elected an MP the following year, highlighted a food bank in his Nottinghamshire constituency which he said ran a ‘brilliant scheme’.
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