Tory minister sings about ‘having time of my life’ hour after universal credit cut

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Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey was caught on camera singing “I’m Having the Time of My Life”, just an hour after the £20-a-week cut in Universal Credit was implemented.

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The benefits minister was filmed enjoying a karaoke event at a conference party at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday – the day his department begins to cut the income of millions of households.

Labor denounces Ms. Coffey’s fun time – alluding to lyrics from Bill and McKenna Medley’s 1987 power ballad (I’ve had the time of my life.


Nadia Whittom MP said: “Do you know who doesn’t have the time of their lives? Six million low-income households whose universal debt has just been cut by £1,000 [a year]”

Sir Keir Starmer’s party plans to drive a van around the perimeter of the convention venue in Manchester during Boris Johnson’s speech on Wednesday – displaying a poster urging ministers to “cancel the cut”.

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It came as Baroness Philip Stroud – Ian Duncan Smith’s former adviser and chief executive officer of the Legatum Institute – called on the government to vote on the controversial cuts, accusing the government of “pushing our poorest people into poverty”.

She said the think-tank’s research concluded that a decision to remove the £20-a-week raise would push 840,000 people into poverty, including 290,000 children.

Baroness Stroud told BBC Radio 4, “It is … a really disappointing day for many families up and down the country.” Today program.

“At this time, MPs haven’t voted on this at all, it’s a decision taken by the Executive, so I intend to bring a vote in the Lord’s, a cross-party vote that will tell the House of Commons, on this issue again Think.

“Is this something we really want to do as a civilized nation, putting our poorest people in poverty is certainly not the way forward as we come out of the pandemic?”

Save the Children said next month, on average, one child would be affected every second by the widely opposed cuts.

But Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab defended the cut as it went into effect on Wednesday, and insisted the government could not afford to make the hike permanent.

“The £400 billion that the government has earmarked to support the economy, workers and the most vulnerable is clearly long-term. Universal credit regeneration was always going to be temporary,” he told BBC Radio 4 Today program.

On Tuesday night, senior cabinet minister Michael Gove was seen dancing with Tory MP Tom Tugendhat at a hotel in Manchester.

Mr. Gove shows off his best-known moves on Whitney Houston’s karaoke version I wanna Dance With Somebody.

He used his Tory convention speech on Tuesday to mock that he was caught on camera at an Aberdeen nightclub last month. “Dance like no one is watching they say. Well I did. But they were watching.”


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