Inequality and Social Mobility

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:23 pm on 12th June 2019.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 5:23 pm, 12th June 2019

Mr Alston, of course, spent two days in Scotland, to follow up on the point made by my hon. Friend Vicky Ford. I refer Neil Gray to the leader in The Times of 25 May, which said,

“The failings of Mr Alston’s report are legion.”

It referred to his report as “nonsense”, and said,

“The government is vulnerable to many criticisms in economic and welfare policy”—

A point that the hon. Gentleman often throws at me—

“Yet poverty in this sense does not exist in Britain in the 21st century.”

I urge him to get a copy and read it later.