Tory candidate: ‘I’m really pleased we have food banks’ : Welfare Weekly

Tory candidate Sheryll Murray sparked outrage after declaring she was “really pleased we have food banks”, at a hustings event.

Tory candidate Sheryll Murray has sparked public outrage after declaring she was “pleased we have food banks” at a hustings event, then threatened to call police on an audience member who challenged her views.

Sheryll Murray is standing for the Conservatives as a member of parliament for South East Cornwall. She has been an MP at Westminster since the 2010 general election.


Rules mean she can no longer call herself an MP after the Prime Minister called a snap general election.

A video filmed by an audience member at the hustings (see below) shows the Tory hopeful saying: “If, say for instance, someone has no house. Or if their financial situation has changed while they were going through the [benefit] assessment, and their benefit is delayed, then they need to call upon the food bank.”

She was then met with gasps from the audience, after publicly declaring: “But I’m really pleased we have food banks in South-East Cornwall.”

An audience member can be heard shouting: “Society shouldn’t need it!”

Rattled by the show of anger, Sheryll Murray appears to struggle to continue her speech, as she then says: “Let’s ignore these (gesturing to the audience)”, and is then met by further gasps.

A member in the audience shouts: “We are all human!”. Seemingly ignored by the Tory candidate, the person can be heard shouting: “Excuse me!




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