History of controversial comments by Tory MP who said food bank users ‘can’t cook’

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Please try again later {{ /verifyErrors }}Tory MP Lee Anderson has found himself at the centre of controversy again with his latest remarks about food bank use. Mr Anderson – voted Conservative MPs’ favourite backbencher – has frequently questioned how many people have genuine need of such support. The Ashfield MP claimed she was an example of someone earning less than £30,000 but did not need to use a food bank. People who use food banks ‘cannot cook properly’Mr Anderson’s feelings on food banks first made headlines last May, when he invited fellow MPs to visit a food bank in his constituency to witness a “brilliant scheme” – whereby those in receipt of food parcels are forced to “register for a budgeting and cooking course”. That would be my solution.”Rival parties compared the idea to “forced labour camps,” accusing Mr Anderson of “entrenching division”.
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