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Corbyn blasts increasing poverty and inequality

THE Tory government is in the “pockets of a super-rich elite” and must do more to end the “scandal of inequality in modern Britain,” Jeremy Corbyn insisted yesterday at Prime Minister’s Questions.

The Labour leader told PM Theresa May that poverty is rising among children and pensioners, while the Conservative Party continues to receive millions of pounds from hedge fund tycoons.

“In the last two years, nine of the richest hedge fund tycoons have donated £2.9 million to the Conservative Party,” he said.

Mr Corbyn also warned that more foodbanks are opening, pointing out that the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) had set up one for its staff last week.

“Can the Prime Minister tell us what is going wrong in modern Britain that a government office in the centre of London has a foodbank for some of its very low-paid staff to get something to eat?”

Ms May sidestepped the question and opted to defend the government’s record on the economy, reiterating the Tory mantra that the way out of poverty is through work.

Mr Corbyn had to remind her that the BEIS foodbank is intended not for the unemployed but for low-paid agency workers in the department.

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