Kelly Poverty? It’s so last month

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ing peo­ple to food bank use and in some cases, sui­cide, which Cor­byn had cho­sen to flag up.

Robin­son’s voice was not alone with many por­tray­ing it as fur­ther proof Cor­byn isn’t up to the job of Labour party leader.

The irony is of course that one of the rea­sons the UK voted for Brexit was the alien­ation of the pub­lic from the politi­cians and those who in­habit the West­min­ster bub­ble as they feel they are ei­ther un­aware of or just don’t care about the is­sues that af­fect them ... like poverty, aus­ter­ity, Uni­ver­sal Credit and food bank us­age.

Speak­ing of food banks, I was struck last week by the amount of Tory MPs turn­ing up at them and tweet­ing about the fact on so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing the man be­hind Uni­ver­sal Credit, Iain Dun­can Smith.

Maybe they all read the Sun­day Sun, I thought. A fort­night ago I con­tacted the Depart­ment for Work and Pen­sions to see how many of its Min­is­ters had vis­ited a food bank as it is re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­ment­ing the Uni­ver­sal Credit pol­icy which is one of the main driv­ers of their use.

There have been five since 2010 and the DWP said present minister Am­ber Rudd, had vis­ited food banks ‘mul­ti­ple times’, and added a bit vaguely that pre­vi­ous Sec­re­taries of State will also have vis­ited a food bank, but it didn’t keep a record of vis­its by for­mer post-hold­ers.

In a phone con­ver­sa­tion prior to the state­ment, the DWP press of­fice sug­gested MPs like to keep such vis­its low key, shun­ning pub­lic­ity, a no­tion I ex­pressed sur­prise at.

What has changed? Is there a gen­eral elec­tion in the off­ing? Labour Party leader Jeremy Cor­byn speaks dur­ing Prime Minister’s Ques­tions last week

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