Andrew Neil had a hard time yesterday persuading Harriet Harman to oppose any of the harsh austerity measures in George Osborne’s budget.
The Labour leader insisted she would support almost all of the new welfare cuts proposed by the chancellor.
“We won’t oppose the welfare bill, we won’t oppose the benefit cap, [we won’t oppose] restricting benefits and tax credits to people with three or more children,” she insisted.
She added that “people don’t want us to do blanket opposition. They want us to be specific.”
Pushed on what if any, specific measures Labour would oppose, Harman explained that they opposed some changes to tax credits as well as the “abolition of child poverty targets”.
Now I’m sure that anti-poverty campaigners will welcome this. But the measures which Harman is supporting will actually increase child poverty.
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