Will Iain Duncan Smith turn up for Welfare Debate

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Twitter users  –   #WelfareDebate15

Tuesday May 5th Daily Politics debate

BBC2    2pm

BBC Parliament  9.00pm

BBC News  9.30pm

Presenters  Andrew Neil and Alison Holt


Iain Duncan Smith  Conservative

Rachel Reeves            Labour

Steve Webb                  LibDems

Suzanne Evans           UKIP

Jonathan Bartley       Green Party


Non-attendance (see below) recently by the purveyors of welfare reform suggests that they deem themselves to be unaccountable for their actions.

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Many disabled people and carers will be watching this show. They have borne the brunt of these cuts and are living in dread of the prospect of the further £12billion cuts to welfare promised by the Conservatives.

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4 Responses to “Will Iain Duncan Smith turn up for Welfare Debate”

  1. A6er Says:

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  2. Nick Says:

    Andrew knows all about those that have died in going through welfare reform but my guess is he wont take on IDS on a live show and discuss it

    this is my understanding at this time

    as for IDS in showing up well that to is unlikely

  3. Dude Swheatie of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group Says:

    Thanks for this, CW. What sanction can we apply to these cowards for bottling out of a debate? What ‘legitimate authority’ have they for starving people to death and eviction and then absolving themselves of any guilt by means of internal enquiries that exonerate themselves of all guilt?

    Your readers may also be interested in my blog piece published earlier this morning to which I have added link to your blog piece. Will Work & Pensions debate sideline abuses against benefit claimants and carers?.

  4. Dude Swheatie of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group Says:

    Iain Duncan Smith did turn up and was strongly challenged over ‘welfare reform’ related deaths by Green Party Work & Pensions Spokesperson Jonathan Bartley.

    The spokespersons’ podia were arranged so that a ding dong between Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative could be covered via one camera position, and the camera rarely moved from that position of a discussion between those who had ‘been there, done that’.

    The only spokesperson who mentioned the plight of family-based carers was UKIP Work & Pensions Spokesperson Suzanne Evans and she was soon marginalised. It seems to me that the UKIP Spokesperson’ highlighting of family-based carers via her opening 30 second speech tied in with the generally older constituency that is the main demographic of UKIP voters.

    You can catch up with the show on BBC iPlayer at
    Daily Politics 2015 Election Debate Welfare

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