Conservative whip Andrew Griffiths MP learnt a swift lesson today. Don’t joke about social care cuts in front of Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour leader broke with his response to the budget to shut down the MP.
The Chancellor failed to even mention the social care crisis in his budget, despite cuts of £6bn to social care under the Conservatives.
Only seven minutes into Corbyn’s speech, the deputy speaker had already intervened three times to prevent Conservatives shouting the Labour leader down.
For Corbyn, this jeering MP was the final straw:
“Uncaring, uncouth attitude”
The Labour leader was saying:
Over £6bn will have been cut from social care budgets by next march. I hope the honourable member begins to understand what it’s like to wait for social care, stuck in a hospital bed, while other people have to give up their work to care for them.
Corbyn then laid into the “uncaring, uncouth attitude of certain members opposite”. Shadow Secretary for Education Angela Rayner wasn’t impressed either:
Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, says:
We are now beyond the crisis point. We really are at the edge of the cliff now.
Yet Conservative MPs seem to think it’s a laughing matter:
Viewers noted the tangible fury from the Labour leader:
It’s quite astonishing that Chancellor Philip Hammond failed to even mention social care in the budget. But even more so that Conservative MPs thought it was fine to jeer and laugh about it afterwards. Corbyn was absolutely right to put Griffiths in his place.
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