Tory MP dismisses the need for food banks in the UK
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Tory MP Lee Anderson suggested in a Common Queen’s Speech debate that food banks are not of use and that instead what people need is to learn to budget their finances. MP Anderson put in place a budgeting course and a cooking course in his constituency for people who register for food banks. His comments come amid a rampant inflation, exacerbating the cost-of-living crisis.
Speaking to fellow MPs in the House of Commons, Tory MP Lee Anderson pointed out what he sees as the issue underlining the cost-of-living crisis: “But generation after generation, they cannot cook properly.”
“They can’t cook a meal from scratch. They cannot budget”, MP Anderson said.
“The challenge is there.”
The suggestion comes as inflation is increasing and is expected to hit 10 percent with wages failing to keep up, worsening the cost-of-living crisis. During the annual Queen’s Speech outlining the Government’s legislative agenda, Boris Johnson’s Government failed to come up with an emergency budget to address the cost-of-living crisis.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer hit out at the government, saying it was “bereft of ideas” as the UK is on course to a “stagflation crisis”.
Boris Johnson retorted: “We will continue to use all our ingenuity and compassion for as long as it takes and the chancellor and I will be saying more about this in the days to come.”
Inviting members of the opposition, MP Anderson said: “Come, come. I offer to anybody.”
“You’re sat there with glazed expressions on your faces, looking at me like I’ve landed from another planet,” MP Anderson said.
“Come, come to Ashfield. Come next week. Come the week after. Come to a real food bank that makes a real difference in people’s lives.”
According to the Office for Budget Responsibility, food prices are increasing at the fastest rate in 30 years and Britons are experiencing the most significant drop in living standards since records began in 1956.
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“And what we do in the food bank, we show them how to cook cheap and nutritious meals on a budget. We can make a meal for about 30 pence a day. And this is cooking from scratch,” MP Anderson added.
Labour MP Alex Cunningham asked: “Should it be necessary to have food banks in 21st century Britain?”
To which Mr Anderson answered: “He makes a great point, and this is exactly my point.”
A Treasury spokesperson said there would be no emergency budget.
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