Food Banks

Part of Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:38 pm on 17th December 2014.

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Photo of Gordon Banks Gordon Banks Shadow Minister (Scotland) 5:38 pm, 17th December 2014

I share my hon. Friend’s concern about, and her abhorrence with, what is going on. I am sure that every Opposition Member has had people coming to their constituency surgeries and delivering that kind of message. It is abhorrent and it must stop.

My office in Alloa is the third biggest referrer of those need to the Gate food bank and my constituency offices in Alloa and Crieff act not only as drop-off points for donations but as collection points for food parcels. Let me take the House back a couple of weeks. We supplied a food parcel from my constituency office in Alloa for someone who had prearranged collection. The gentleman came and collected his food parcel and one of my members of staff went out of the office a few minutes later only to find him sitting in the street outside my office eating a cold tin of spaghetti. He was that desperate.