My speech in the Commons about a constituent’s struggle on universal credit moved the Tory MP Heidi Allen to tearsThere was an extraordinary atmosphere in the House of Commons yesterday. It appeared on the surface as though the House was embroiled in a procedural debate over whether the government should hand a bundle of confidential documents to the work and pensions select committee. A very important debate, of course: those documents will give us a better idea as to the sturdiness of the foundations upon which the government’s mega-welfare reform programme is being built. But it was not quite the one I felt we were really having.
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