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MP is wrong about Labour’s record on poverty

June 11, 2008

Following reports today in the national media that child poverty, pensioner poverty and inequality are all on the up, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Nick Perry has questioned Labour MP Michael Foster’s version of Labour’s 11 years in office.

Nick says,

“In our MP’s column at the end of last month, he heaps praise on Gordon Brown and the achievements of the Labour Government.

“Today’s report shows that the Government has failed to harness good economic times and make them work for our poorest.

“There is no confusion about these figures. As Larry Elliot of The Guardian reports, ‘the DWP figures showed the incomes of the poorest 20% of households fell by 1.6% between 2005-06 and 2006-07 while those of the richest households rose by 0.8%.’

“This means falling incomes in Hastings & Rye, and increases in fat cat salaries elsewhere. Is isn’t it time for Michael Foster to admit that Labour is failing our poorest?”

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