All of Dorset's MPs vote against motion to publish results of food banks research

Bournemouth Echo: Robert Syms Robert Syms

ALL of Dorset’s MPs voted against a Commons motion to publish the results of research into the use of food banks in the UK.

Labour MP Maria Eagle put a motion before the House last Wednesday calling for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs-commissioned report to be published.

She also called for the Government to bring forward measures to reduce dependency on food banks, including a freeze on energy prices, a water affordability scheme, measures to end abuses of zero hours contracts, incentives to companies to pay a living wage and the abolition of the under-occupancy penalty.

Among the 296 MPs who voted against were Annette Brooke, Robert Syms, Conor Burns, Christopher Chope, Richard Drax, Tobias Ellwood, Oliver Letwin and Bob Walter.

The debate raged between Conservative MPs, who blamed economic policies of the previous government, and Labour MPs who blamed coalition policies.

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9:26am Thu 26 Dec 13

vectensis says...

And could the Echo inform us of the result of this vote into "hushing up" this information?
We appear to have been given only half the story.
And could the Echo inform us of the result of this vote into "hushing up" this information? We appear to have been given only half the story. vectensis

9:53am Thu 26 Dec 13

arthur1948 says...

What do any of them care .....as long as they have plenty themselves....

Uncaring Britain....
What do any of them care .....as long as they have plenty themselves.... Uncaring Britain.... arthur1948

9:55am Thu 26 Dec 13

Townee says...

I thought they were on an extended Xmas holiday now, so this is news that is a week old at least.
I thought they were on an extended Xmas holiday now, so this is news that is a week old at least. Townee

10:02am Thu 26 Dec 13

altoman says...

They don't want us to know what a state BRITAIN is really in.
They don't want us to know what a state BRITAIN is really in. altoman

10:12am Thu 26 Dec 13

Chris the plumber says...

Food banks! I did see an item on the news about food banks people are referred by social services, doctors and other agencies. what supprised me was that these people were not poor, in the queue one woman was on a mobile phone and most loaded the "catch" in to a car, some which are worth a lot more than an annual food bill. I would think a food bank is the last resort
not a way to avoid a life style change, like selling your car or ditching your phone..
Food banks! I did see an item on the news about food banks people are referred by social services, doctors and other agencies. what supprised me was that these people were not poor, in the queue one woman was on a mobile phone and most loaded the "catch" in to a car, some which are worth a lot more than an annual food bill. I would think a food bank is the last resort not a way to avoid a life style change, like selling your car or ditching your phone.. Chris the plumber

10:25am Thu 26 Dec 13

kalebmoledirt says...

Voting in unison is commendable and democratic but if if it was done for the good and benefit of an embarrassed government then that is a conspiracy to And not in the interest of the voters and certainly not the needy
Voting in unison is commendable and democratic but if if it was done for the good and benefit of an embarrassed government then that is a conspiracy to And not in the interest of the voters and certainly not the needy kalebmoledirt

11:03am Thu 26 Dec 13

Wackerone says...

It might well be worth pointing out that Drax was one of the MP's who want to accept the 11% rise being offered. There again, this millionaire and the other mostly Tory MP's are voted in by the majority of those who care to vote and therefore all guilty by association. Basically, don't complain on these threads, do something about it.
It might well be worth pointing out that Drax was one of the MP's who want to accept the 11% rise being offered. There again, this millionaire and the other mostly Tory MP's are voted in by the majority of those who care to vote and therefore all guilty by association. Basically, don't complain on these threads, do something about it. Wackerone

11:04am Thu 26 Dec 13

Keffect says...

Chris the plumber wrote:
Food banks! I did see an item on the news about food banks people are referred by social services, doctors and other agencies. what supprised me was that these people were not poor, in the queue one woman was on a mobile phone and most loaded the "catch" in to a car, some which are worth a lot more than an annual food bill. I would think a food bank is the last resort
not a way to avoid a life style change, like selling your car or ditching your phone..
I've just had to use the food bank!!!! Reason my landlord selling our home & all our spare cash has gone into bringing all our bills up to date the £2300 needed as deposit & first months rent. No presents or fancy dinner for the children this Xmas. Maybe I should sell my car but then I wouldn't be able to get to work or turn up at the council & ask them to house me & my family or should we all turn up at yours Chris? As a plumber you have all been ripping us off for years.
[quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: Food banks! I did see an item on the news about food banks people are referred by social services, doctors and other agencies. what supprised me was that these people were not poor, in the queue one woman was on a mobile phone and most loaded the "catch" in to a car, some which are worth a lot more than an annual food bill. I would think a food bank is the last resort not a way to avoid a life style change, like selling your car or ditching your phone..[/p][/quote]I've just had to use the food bank!!!! Reason my landlord selling our home & all our spare cash has gone into bringing all our bills up to date the £2300 needed as deposit & first months rent. No presents or fancy dinner for the children this Xmas. Maybe I should sell my car but then I wouldn't be able to get to work or turn up at the council & ask them to house me & my family or should we all turn up at yours Chris? As a plumber you have all been ripping us off for years. Keffect

11:10am Thu 26 Dec 13

BmthNewshound says...

Chris the plumber wrote:
Food banks! I did see an item on the news about food banks people are referred by social services, doctors and other agencies. what supprised me was that these people were not poor, in the queue one woman was on a mobile phone and most loaded the "catch" in to a car, some which are worth a lot more than an annual food bill. I would think a food bank is the last resort
not a way to avoid a life style change, like selling your car or ditching your phone..
You're right the people who benefit from the food ban are already in "the system" and receiving generous benefits and assistance.
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The people who really need help are those who work in low paid jobs and just fall outside of the parameters for receiving benefits. These are the people who are really struggling to make ends meet and need help not those who live off benefits.
[quote][p][bold]Chris the plumber[/bold] wrote: Food banks! I did see an item on the news about food banks people are referred by social services, doctors and other agencies. what supprised me was that these people were not poor, in the queue one woman was on a mobile phone and most loaded the "catch" in to a car, some which are worth a lot more than an annual food bill. I would think a food bank is the last resort not a way to avoid a life style change, like selling your car or ditching your phone..[/p][/quote]You're right the people who benefit from the food ban are already in "the system" and receiving generous benefits and assistance. . The people who really need help are those who work in low paid jobs and just fall outside of the parameters for receiving benefits. These are the people who are really struggling to make ends meet and need help not those who live off benefits. BmthNewshound

11:20am Thu 26 Dec 13

politicaltrainspotter says...

Because they all have their noses in the trough! Three days ago,DWPHousing Partnership put on their twitter account a 'big thank you' to all those who donated to their food bank appeal.How much is 'Wellsy' worth ? Yet,it is the ordinary tenant who has donated and they aready pay rent well above the LHA.Here's an idea for you, Mr Wells.If your that concerned then take a percentage out of the rent but you won't as it hits your pocket.

There has been a lot said about 'food banks' and it was with intrerest that i spoke to someone involved in the Trussell Trust who explained all about them.It is indeed a complex issue and not only people on benefit but working people too.I suggest if your passing, talk to them.

Ian Duncan Smith and Esther Mcvey walked out of the food bank debate in the HOC and IDS has refused to meet senior officials from the Trussell Trust.

I noticed how quiet all these Dorset MP's are regarding the IPSA recommendation for an 11 per cent pay rise for them.Don't have a go at people who use 'foodbanks just look at your MP and send him/her an email to see if they are taking the pay rise ?
Because they all have their noses in the trough! Three days ago,DWPHousing Partnership put on their twitter account a 'big thank you' to all those who donated to their food bank appeal.How much is 'Wellsy' worth ? Yet,it is the ordinary tenant who has donated and they aready pay rent well above the LHA.Here's an idea for you, Mr Wells.If your that concerned then take a percentage out of the rent but you won't as it hits your pocket. There has been a lot said about 'food banks' and it was with intrerest that i spoke to someone involved in the Trussell Trust who explained all about them.It is indeed a complex issue and not only people on benefit but working people too.I suggest if your passing, talk to them. Ian Duncan Smith and Esther Mcvey walked out of the food bank debate in the HOC and IDS has refused to meet senior officials from the Trussell Trust. I noticed how quiet all these Dorset MP's are regarding the IPSA recommendation for an 11 per cent pay rise for them.Don't have a go at people who use 'foodbanks just look at your MP and send him/her an email to see if they are taking the pay rise ? politicaltrainspotter

11:42am Thu 26 Dec 13

twynham says...

And how many of them voted for the bedroom tax which has forced many claimants, both employed and unemployed, to use food banks?
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As for Chris the plumber, don't rely on a snippets of news, go into your local food bank and talk to the people that run them and remember the old adage, "there but for the grace of God..."!
And how many of them voted for the bedroom tax which has forced many claimants, both employed and unemployed, to use food banks? . As for Chris the plumber, don't rely on a snippets of news, go into your local food bank and talk to the people that run them and remember the old adage, "there but for the grace of God..."! twynham

12:09pm Thu 26 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Sadly there are few MPs who can speak from the moral high ground these days so when they do speak out we usually anticipate the worst - as in this case. It would be very useful to have a proper public report into these Food Banks to establish who really needs them, who runs them, is there abuse?......., but it must be commissioned from a group of independent people and not those who will produce it primarily to serve political agendas - and I think that is the MP's widely shared main concern with this particular 'report'..

Regrettably there may well be a place for such outlets in the UK as an emergency solution, but there is also little doubt some of the people using them have no real need for such charity and take the food to save money that is funding other areas of their lifestyle E.g. if you can use a car (and quite a few evidently do) to collect goods from a food bank you certainly don't need to use a food bank - and that's a 'nicer' example!

We do need to know a lot more about the role and use of these food banks but importantly we want the clear truthful facts not any political spin.
Sadly there are few MPs who can speak from the moral high ground these days so when they do speak out we usually anticipate the worst - as in this case. It would be very useful to have a proper public report into these Food Banks to establish who really needs them, who runs them, is there abuse?......., but it must be commissioned from a group of independent people and not those who will produce it primarily to serve political agendas - and I think that is the MP's widely shared main concern with this particular 'report'.. Regrettably there may well be a place for such outlets in the UK as an emergency solution, but there is also little doubt some of the people using them have no real need for such charity and take the food to save money that is funding other areas of their lifestyle E.g. if you can use a car (and quite a few evidently do) to collect goods from a food bank you certainly don't need to use a food bank - and that's a 'nicer' example! We do need to know a lot more about the role and use of these food banks but importantly we want the clear truthful facts not any political spin. muscliffman

12:25pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Tictock says...

Not much point in commenting really, pretty much what you would expect from those who already have plenty and will be expecting more. Use your vote in the next election to TRY to shift the balance of change to reflect the have nots, the wealthy will always look after themselves.
Not much point in commenting really, pretty much what you would expect from those who already have plenty and will be expecting more. Use your vote in the next election to TRY to shift the balance of change to reflect the have nots, the wealthy will always look after themselves. Tictock

3:22pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Rabbitman64 says...

More disgraceful behaviour by Dorset's lousy MP's! Conor Burns seems to be more obsessed by the late evil Margaret Thatcher? Is he head of a cult?
More disgraceful behaviour by Dorset's lousy MP's! Conor Burns seems to be more obsessed by the late evil Margaret Thatcher? Is he head of a cult? Rabbitman64

3:56pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Rich© says...

Head in the sand attitude if you ask me ! can the Freedom of Information Act not provide this information ?
Head in the sand attitude if you ask me ! can the Freedom of Information Act not provide this information ? Rich©

4:23pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Lewcee says...

Charles Dickens learned his craft writing for Newspapers in the 19th. Century. He knew that Papers are under NO obligation to publish "the truth, the WHOLE truth, and NOTHING but the truth". The story above has been shortened, um..edited, and tweaked according to the whim of the Editor, his Politics (and the sales figures are an influence too). If you want to be influenced, or get upset by this tawdry rubbish, you are definitely on your own. My New Year's resolution is "Do not be influenced by any media, especially the B.B.C., the Daily Mail, and any clones such as the Newsquest Group". Good Day to you all, and good health to you in this season of goodwill. Cheers!
Charles Dickens learned his craft writing for Newspapers in the 19th. Century. He knew that Papers are under NO obligation to publish "the truth, the WHOLE truth, and NOTHING but the truth". The story above has been shortened, um..edited, and tweaked according to the whim of the Editor, his Politics (and the sales figures are an influence too). If you want to be influenced, or get upset by this tawdry rubbish, you are definitely on your own. My New Year's resolution is "Do not be influenced by any media, especially the B.B.C., the Daily Mail, and any clones such as the Newsquest Group". Good Day to you all, and good health to you in this season of goodwill. Cheers! Lewcee

4:54pm Thu 26 Dec 13

ShuttleX says...

Lewcee wrote:
Charles Dickens learned his craft writing for Newspapers in the 19th. Century. He knew that Papers are under NO obligation to publish "the truth, the WHOLE truth, and NOTHING but the truth". The story above has been shortened, um..edited, and tweaked according to the whim of the Editor, his Politics (and the sales figures are an influence too). If you want to be influenced, or get upset by this tawdry rubbish, you are definitely on your own. My New Year's resolution is "Do not be influenced by any media, especially the B.B.C., the Daily Mail, and any clones such as the Newsquest Group". Good Day to you all, and good health to you in this season of goodwill. Cheers!
Anybody else think Lewcee sounds just like an MP defending his/her place at the trough?
[quote][p][bold]Lewcee[/bold] wrote: Charles Dickens learned his craft writing for Newspapers in the 19th. Century. He knew that Papers are under NO obligation to publish "the truth, the WHOLE truth, and NOTHING but the truth". The story above has been shortened, um..edited, and tweaked according to the whim of the Editor, his Politics (and the sales figures are an influence too). If you want to be influenced, or get upset by this tawdry rubbish, you are definitely on your own. My New Year's resolution is "Do not be influenced by any media, especially the B.B.C., the Daily Mail, and any clones such as the Newsquest Group". Good Day to you all, and good health to you in this season of goodwill. Cheers![/p][/quote]Anybody else think Lewcee sounds just like an MP defending his/her place at the trough? ShuttleX

5:20pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Lewcee says...

ShuttleX said;- "Anybody else think Lewcee sounds just like an MP defending his/her place at the trough?" My point exactly...I am not..but you twerps would make up your minds on pathetic innuendo anyway, wouldn't you? Just what the papers hope you would do. Touche Sir, the trap has closed.
ShuttleX said;- "Anybody else think Lewcee sounds just like an MP defending his/her place at the trough?" My point exactly...I am not..but you twerps would make up your minds on pathetic innuendo anyway, wouldn't you? Just what the papers hope you would do. Touche Sir, the trap has closed. Lewcee

7:07pm Thu 26 Dec 13

apm1954 says...

thats ok i wont be telling them who i am going to vote for, it will not be the tory democrat party.
thats ok i wont be telling them who i am going to vote for, it will not be the tory democrat party. apm1954

5:06am Fri 27 Dec 13

anigel says...

I can only assume that like so often before this, they waste millions of taxpayer pounds commissioning reports only to find that the report doesn't go the way they wanted to so therefore they "hide" the report as it doesn't give the "right" message.

As there can be no "national security" defence for not publishing this report, and we paid for it, it should be published automatically and not have to go before some vote. No doubt a simple FOI request will put the whole voting farce to waste.
I can only assume that like so often before this, they waste millions of taxpayer pounds commissioning reports only to find that the report doesn't go the way they wanted to so therefore they "hide" the report as it doesn't give the "right" message. As there can be no "national security" defence for not publishing this report, and we paid for it, it should be published automatically and not have to go before some vote. No doubt a simple FOI request will put the whole voting farce to waste. anigel

6:15pm Fri 27 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

Can the Echo not get this under the freedom of information act or whatever it is?
Can the Echo not get this under the freedom of information act or whatever it is? mikeymagic

6:16pm Fri 27 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

Some of them look like they might have eaten it all!
Some of them look like they might have eaten it all! mikeymagic

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