Tory MP says no need for food banks, people need to learn how to cook!

Tory MP Lee Anderson says no massive need for food banks in UK, and real problem people not being able to cook properly.

Source > Guardian

In his contribution to the Queen’s speech debate the Conservative MP Lee Anderson said that a food bank in his Ashfield constituency operated a “brilliant scheme” whereby people accepting a donation had to register for a budgeting course and a cooking course. He went on:

We show them how to cook cheap and nutritious meals on a budget. We can make a meal for about 30p a day, and this is cooking from scratch.

No ‘massive’ need for food banks, people just can’t cook, claims Tory MP

When the Labour MP Alex Cunningham put it to Anderson that food banks should not be needed in 21st century Britain, Anderson agreed. He went on: 

This is exactly my point. I’ll invite you personally to come to Ashfield, look at our food bank, how it works. And I’ll think you’ll see first hand that there’s not this massive use for food banks in this country. We’ve got generation after generation who cannot cook properly. They can’t cook a meal from scratch. They cannot budget. The challenge is there.

From the context, it is clear that when he said there was not a “massive use for food banks”, he meant no massive need for them.

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