Former Armed Forces serviceman ‘forced to rely on food banks and walk 7 miles to work’ : Express

A FORMER serviceman for the British Armed Forces has been forced to reply on charity and food banks, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary has claimed.

The news comes as the Trussell Trust, a welfare charity, revealed in its latest report that in that demand for food bank assistance in the UK was at a record high.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, while answering a question on BBC’s Question Time, told the story of a 50-year-old veteran that is forced to work seven miles every day to get to work and accept charity from food banks.

Ms Long-Bailey said: “There’s been a group of people trying to recreating his [George Orwell’s] footsteps [in his book The Road to Wigan].

“Recently they visited a Staffordshire food bank. In that food bank they met a man who walked seven miles every day to work, he was on a zero hours contract, often turned away and had to walk all the way back home again.

“He was 50 years of age and he had given 15 years fighting for Britain in the Armed Forces.

“He’d given his life to this country. Now is this the kind of Britain he deserves, where he is forced to rely on charity?

She added: “I think it is absolutely shameful that we have food banks on the streets, that we aren’t building an economy that will keep sustained.”

Her comments came after an audience member accused the Conservative Party of conspiring to ignore the homeless.

A man in the audience said: “The benefits system, as we all refer to it, is the main reason people are falling society and living on the streets.




  1. I thought that Rebecca Long-Bailey did a sterling job on Question Time. She was able to quote facts and figures to back up Labour’s claims. Also the Wigan audience were pretty clued up (with the exception of the obvious Tory plant) as to the Tory agenda and called the Tories out on several occasions. Well worth a watch.

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  2. Didn’t watch it, hand picked audiences, cherry picked questions, panel told what the questions will be in advance etc.

    Try asking a tricky question that’s not on the agenda and you would be ignored, if you continue to ask the same question…then security would throw you out.

    It’s a sham of a programme, but open question time…that would be different.

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