Labour’s Election Campaign Co-ordinator, Andrew Gwynne, has responded to comments from Home Secretary Priti Patel in which she denied the government is responsible for poverty.

In an interview with BBC North West the Home Secretary Priti Patel denied the government is responsible for poverty in the region: “It’s not the government though is it … it’s not, it’s all parts of society and the structures. Local authorities have a role to play, education, public services, which are locally led and locally run”,

Since they came to power in 2010, the Conservatives have significantly cut funding for local authorities, education and public services.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“Priti Patel’s comments show the Tories are in total denial about the poverty crisis they have created.

 

“As Employment Minister, she presided over policies such as the cruel Universal Credit, the Bedroom Tax and the Two Child Limit.

 

“All of which contributed to half a million more of our children growing up in poverty since 2010 and all of which Labour will scrap.

 

“Labour will deliver real change for our communities and end austerity. Under Labour, every child will matter.”

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