Tories out of touch about foodbanks

May 30, 2017 9:02 PM

Dominic Raab, a Tory former justice minister, says a typical food bank user has a "cash flow problem" rather than living in poverty.

Commenting on the reports, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Brentford and Isleworth, Joe Bourke said:

"These Tory ministers are woefully out of touch and have no idea how much real people are struggling. We are seeing nurses, police officers and the just about managing here in Hounslow having to go to food banks as their paychecks won't stretch any further. People are hurting and the Tories, with comments like this, show they just don't care."

"The real reasons people have to go to food banks are low incomes, benefit delays exacerbated by the introduction of Universal Credit, debt and homelessness."

"These are deeply offensive comments by Dominic Raab and he should apologise. This is the Alan B'Stard view of politics that shames him and his party."


On the Victoria Derbyshire show, Dominic Raab said:

"What they tend to find is the typical user of food banks is not someone that is languishing in poverty, it is someone who has a cash flow problem episodically."