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Lichfield MP says Conservatives “have produced the key” to unlock people from poverty

Lichfield’s MP has insisted the Conservatives have “produced the key” to unlock people from poverty.

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant

Michael Fabricant’s comments came in a debate on employment in the House of Commons on Monday (July 2).

In a question to Kit Malthouse, Parliamentary under-secretary of state for work and pensions, the Conservative MP said: “The key to getting people out of poverty is work.

“Given that this Government has created 1,000 new jobs every single day since 2010, we have produced the key to unlock that door.”

Mr Malthouse said his colleague had “put his finger on the button” of the issue.

“In this country we have tried fighting poverty with welfare in the past and failed.

“The Labour Government spent some £150billion on tax credits and hardly moved the poverty indicators at all. We have chosen the route of work as the way to human dignity, prosperity and control for people and their families.

“I celebrate with him [Mr Fabricant] the success of the entire country, and not least his constituency.”

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  1. John Griffiin

    4th July, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    OK, when I have stopped wanting to punch the wall, or worse. That’s a leading question to produce a statement. That’s ALL Fabbo ever does, and it is also totally misleading statistics AND definitions of ‘jobs’, too (e.g. what constitutes a ‘job’, how does it balance against jobs lost etc). For example, a ‘job’ has been counted as unemployed or unpaid activity as directed by the DWP, zero hours (between 1 and 2 million extra since the Tories took power), people who are counted as self-employed having been lobbed off JobSeekers…………this is the Party who’ve just been brought to task by the National Audit Office for LYING!

  2. Philip Allso

    4th July, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I have never seen the point of rhetorical questions in parliament. At best they are self ingratiating or are often used to conceal some policy failures. Common sense shows us that there are far fewer ‘real’ jobs now that the major part of our industry has gone abroad. Along with them went all the ancillary and support jobs which together were the backbone of a reasonably paid employment. The fight between capitol and labour is an enduring one and with the demise of trade unions under Mrs Thatcher employers have evolved many devices to deprive both their ’employee’s’ and the government of their due entitlements and taxes. In a post industrial age many struggle to meet the costs of our changed circumstances. Technology also erodes many areas of employment which were once labour intensive. The government might claim to have produced some 2.7 million jobs since 2010, but this has been largely cosmetic and has not raised the general working stock much above the poverty line. A society of extreme contrasts is being produced and an underclass which will burden us all for a very long time to come.

  3. AnnS

    4th July, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    @John Griffin, it’s not a wall I want to punch. What planet does this man live on?

  4. nellygb

    4th July, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    I can’t even bring myself to comment. What’s the point!!!!!!!

  5. Mike

    4th July, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Seen the manufacturing.industry disappear from Lichfield.over the years, GKN, IMI etc. He champions the JCB announcement of investment, conveniently leaving out the fact that a lot.of workers there are agency staff on dreadful contracts.
    So citing job numbers is just a smoke.and mirrors exercise designed to make him look good.

  6. AgitatorofPeople

    5th July, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I’d like to see MF produce some of those magical keys in Lichfield, for decent jobs on a decent wage, but i’m more likely to see him travelling around the local coffee shops on a flying unicorn first!

  7. brian pretty

    5th July, 2018 at 9:51 am

    brian p -which planet is he living on

  8. Chris Rapley

    9th July, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Tory Brexit is losing UK thousands of jobs for no benefit to any but the wealthy. Fabricant is no doubt one of the many millionaire MPs who thinks UK is doing OK. Tory Government is appalling and has no compassion. For goodness sake, they have taken cars away and welfare away from many disabled. UK is a dire country facing decline thanks to Conservative Government. Lying about employment when so many are on zero hour contracts is disgraceful. Fabricant makes speeches to ensure he speaks, no matter the lies and drivel. It’s time for proportional representation to prevent the exploitation that he and so many MPs typify. Self seekers who distort reality. Awful. Employment is in serious decline. And welfare is diminishing just as they intend. Let’s talk about state pension also. UK has one of the worst in Europe. EU has apparently suggested it be increased to match other EU countries. State pension needs to be doubled to match many EU countries.