Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Oliver Colvile has questions to answer over food banks tweet

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This afternoon Oliver Colvile, the Tory MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, tweeted he had just got back from two days in Belfast when in fact he had been in the House of Commons voting to oppose an investigation into the growth in food banks. I challenged him today to come clean about his whereabouts and get real about food poverty in Plymouth.

Read the full story from the Plymouth Herald here.

Mr Colvile needs to explain why he tweeted he was in Belfast for the last two days when he was actually in the House of Commons voting against an investigation into the growth of food banks. Was this a deliberate attempt to deceive his voters or just an example of him being confused about where he is?

The tripling of food banks use in the last year is a national scandal and the decision by Mr Colvile to vote against an inquiry into why people are turning to food handouts is deeply worrying. Instead of putting Plymouth first Mr Colvile yet again put his party ahead of his constituents. This has now only been compounded by attempts to claim he was in Northern Ireland at the time of the vote. Mr Colvile needs to get real about poverty in Plymouth and come clean about why he is misleading voters about his whereabouts.

Christmas is a difficult time for people struggling with money and I would encourage people to support Plymouth's local food bank this winter.

Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, attended the food banks debate and voted for the motion that would have seen an investigation set up as to why so many people are resorting to using food banks this winter.

Hansard, the official record of the House of Commons records his vote against a motion to investigate the reasons behind the huge growth in food bank use in the UK. The motion was tabled by the Labour Party after 155,000 people signed a petition calling for a Parliamentary debate on the growing use of food banks by people struggling to feed their family. A link to the voting record can be found here:http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm131218/debtext/131218-0004.htm

Over 350,000 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks between April and September 2013, triple the numbers helped in the same period last year.

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