Prime minister Theresa May and the Conservative party should ‘hang their heads in shame’ Britain’s largest union, Unite said today (Tuesday 25 April) as new figures showed 1.2 million emergency foodbank supplies were handed out over the past year.
The new figures from the Trussell Trust come amid warnings from the all-party parliamentary group on hunger that three million children are at risk of hunger during the school holidays.
The cross-party group of MPs and peers reported evidence of hungry youngsters unable to take part in a football tournament because “their bodies simply gave up”, and others surviving on stodgy diets “bought to fill hungry stomachs”.
Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “Theresa May and the Conservative party should hang their heads in shame. 1.2 million food parcels and three million children going hungry in the sixth biggest economy on the planet is no accident, but the fault of a Tory government which has failed Britain's families who are in the grip of a squeeze in incomes not seen since Queen Victoria was on the throne.
“Hunger stalks the land in 21st century Britain because the reality of a Conservative government is that for millions in this country, work does not pay.
“When even nurses are turning to food banks to feed their families, it is time to put an end to a Tory government which has crushed lives and left people on the edge of despair.
“We need to put a stop to the misery of insecurity and sanctions and create an economy that invests in people and communities to end the growing scandal of hunger in Britain.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.