A Tory MP was moved to tears by the plight of people left without any income as they wait for a Universal Credit claim to be processed.
Heidi Allen, the MP for South Cambridgeshire, could be seen crying during a House of Commons debate on the disastrous roll-out of the benefit reform.
Labour veteran Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead and chair of the work and pensions select committee, had told the House of a desperate constituent he had persuaded not to commit suicide.
Field also spoke of a child crying of hunger at his local food bank, and the child’s father describing it as a “lucky week” because the family was able to eat some of the food at a funeral reception.
“I’m humbled by the words from my honourable, good friend from Birkenhead,” said Allen, wiping away the tears, her voice shaking.
“No government is perfect, no benefits system is perfect, no debate, no motion is perfect, but by God we work together and make this better.”