Yesterday both Tory MPs for Plymouth voted to cut tax credits. And for the second time too. In the debate in the Commons Tory MP for Plymouth Moor View, Johnny Mercer, made a speech against the tax credit cuts and pleaded for the Chancellor to mitigate the cuts.
Then he voted to cut tax credits. As did Oliver Colvile, the Tory MP who won in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport.
The tax credit cut will take on average £1,300 from each family receiving tax credits. A family with two parents on the minimum wage and two kids will lose a whopping £1,700 a year or £7,700 over the course of this Parliament.
The tax credit cuts hurts those people who are working hard to provide for their family and have done nothing wrong.
I appealed for Mr Colvile and Mr Mercer to realise the pain the tax credit cut will bring to thousands across Plymouth. Mr Colvile backed the Government as he has always done and voted again for massive tax credit cuts. Mr Mercer spoke very well, passionately, against the cuts then marched through the lobbies to vote for cutting tax credits.
The true strength of an MP is not how colourful or engaging a speech in the Commons may be it is what you actually vote for. Speaking against tax credits being cut then voting for the cut isn't what Plymouth deserves. To borrow a phrase from the said Tory MP, Plymouth deserves better.
If you feel strongly about the tax credit cuts, please get involved, share this story, tell your friends and let's heap pressure on the Tories so they realise the pain and electoral consequences that cutting tax credits will bring.