Wednesday, 22 January 2014

BBC Radio Leicester: foodbanks

On Monday I responded to former Tory MP and Minister Edwina Currie's comments about people using foodbanks.

My view is that Edwina Currie's comments will have caused a lot of hurt and anger. People who use foodbanks are doing so because of they find themselves in extremely desperate circumstances because of the cost of living crisis.

This sort of ignorant stereotyping might get a headline or two but it is far from the reality in our communities today. We need useful, informed and serious contributions to the debate on how we tackle and eradicate poverty.

You can listen to my reaction on BBC Radio Leicester to Edwina Currie's comments here.
(Scroll to 2 hours, 10 minutes into the show).