Tory backbenchers refuse to sit behind govt on UC debate

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As Universal Credit (UC) was debated again in Parliament on Thursday, Labour MP Barry Gardiner tweeted a remarkable observation from the Commons chamber:

bg refuseGardiner may not have been allowed to take a picture from within the chamber, but screengrabs of coverage on the Parliament channel were a different matter and showed it clearly.

The first image below shows the Tory benches before the UC debate began, with Tory backbenchers circled in red behind their front bench. The second shows the benches during the debate – empty of everyone except for a single oblivious, shameless or possible asleep individual:

backbench beforebackbench duringTory MPs being too embarrassed to sit behind their ministers ought to be a significant news item. Even bigger ought to be the fact that David Gauke, the DWP Secretary responsible for UC, didn’t even bother to turn up for the debate – again.

Ought to be – in a society…

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