SHADOW chancellor John McDonnell was among Labour MPs who joined a pop-up foodbank at Parliament yesterday to raise money and food for starving families over Christmas.
General union Unite’s Hope Not Hunger campaign intends to raise much-needed cash ahead of the busiest time of year for the Trussell Trust foodbank charity, which expects to feed 130,000 people over Christmas.
Karen Devouza, who relies on foodbanks, slammed people “in the ivory towers who don’t give a toss about anything” and told the government it needs to “wake up, see what’s going on around you.
“We’re people, human beings. Have some compassion.”
Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin and Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery also joined the event alongside Mr McDonnell.
Mr Lavery told the Star the foodbank was a “great initiative” but it is “outrageous that in the sixth richest economy in the world, people are still relying on charity and benefits to keep themselves and their families fed.
“We need to have a look at how we redistribute wealth in this country to make sure that we have a fair society.”
Labour’s trade union spokesman also hit out at “subsidies for big employers and dividend holders” and vowed to “fight to defend all those in danger of being left behind.”
Trussell Trust spokesman Andy May said that the Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake is an accurate reflection of the daily reality for many of those he works with.
“I’ve met many people in those situations,” he said as he told of someone “who was freezing in their house and couldn’t afford to put the heating on or food on the table.”