Universal Credit: Labour are ‘scaremongering’ over ‘cut’ says MP
Tory MP Ben Everitt insisted the Labour party was being disingenuous by insisting the Tory party had intentions of cutting Universal Credit. MPs have since voted against cutting the £20 addition to Universal Credit during the pandemic. The vote was 278 in favour and none against after the Government called on Conservative MPs to abstain.
While speaking to Iain Dale on LBC Mr Everitt said: “The Labour Party has been saying the Universal Credit is due to be cut.
“We have had very worried constituents who, quite rightly, been worried that this £20 is going to be taken away from them as a result of today’s vote.
“That is not right, it is not the case at all.
“No decision has been made whether it will be extended, whether it will be kept or replaced by something else.
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“There are no decisions on that.
“The point is today’s Opposition debate does not change the law, it does not do any of those things.
“So the Labour party framing this as a cut, a vote to cut the Universal Credit and is completely disingenuous.
“It is scaremongering and it is not right.
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“We should be doing politics in a much more grown-up manner.
“We are in the middle of a pandemic and we need to be coming together and looking after the people we are here to represent.”
The Labour party’s attitude towards the debate surrounding Universal Credit outraged vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi.
Mr Zahawi spoke on Sky News in the morning and accused Labour of attempting to scrap Universal Credit entirely.
He said: “We have put in £280billion to help the economy and families cope with this extraordinarily tough time.
“It’s unfortunate that Labour have chosen a political stunt.
“This debate today has no real impact on the outcome for those families, besides a little stunt for Labour.”
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