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Were you there Mr Hill? - a Letter to the Hartlepool Mail

January 13, 2019 9:49 PM
By Andy Hagon

Hartlepool Mail article 21 Jan 2019On the evening of Monday 7th January, quite an important debate took place at Westminster into the findings of the United Nations Report on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights in the UK and NI. Now according to Alex Tiffin's website (www.universalcreditsufferer.com), most MPs didn't think it was important enough to turn up to and only 14 did so. Alex who runs the aforementioned website is someone who receives Universal Credit and also uses Foodbanks, and if you read his article about the lack of attendance, he is scathing about all the MPs who didn't bother to turn up. He said, '14 million people (those living in poverty in the UK) were abandoned last night by the very people who claim to be looking out for their best interests'.

Now I wondered, when I read Alex's article, if Hartlepool's MP had attended. Only on the 10th of January did he mention Universal Credit again in his weekly article, and how this was an example 'of exactly what we should be debating'. Now it appears from Hansard that Mike Hill didn't speak at the debate but I wondered if he was at least there and could let us know what the outcomes of the debate were, and how they can help Hartlepool, his constituency. I'm sure the 4 in 10 children in Victoria and Manor Wards, (both full of Labour Councillors), would be really interested in what he's doing to alleviate their poverty (instead of just blaming the Conservatives all the time). So Mike, over to you.