Video: Glenda Jackson MP demolishes Iain Duncan Smith

IDS has "plunged thousands and thousands of our fellow citizens into the most abject penury", said the Labour MP.

IDS has “plunged thousands and thousands of our fellow citizens into the most abject penury”, said the Labour MP

Yesterday’s House of Commons debate on the performance of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) under Iain Duncan Smith was ignited by an intervention by Glenda Jackson. The Labour MP for Hampstead claimed that IDS had “plunged thousands and thousands of our fellow citizens into the most abject penury”.

“We are seeing people on ESA (employment support allowance) who are waiting months before their appeals will be heard, and during that period they are either told to apply to Jobseekers Allowance which they cannot do because they have been told they are unfit for work, and they are absolutely without any kind of financial support at all.”

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