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Andrew defends Oxfam’s ‘Below the Breadline’ campaign

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Andrew Smith MP has today defended Oxfam’s ‘Below the Breadline’ campaign following a complaint submitted by Conor Burns MP to the Charity Commission. 

Andrew said: "Oxfam has a responsibility to challenge poverty - in this country as well as overseas.  The report underpinning this campaign was produced jointly by Church Action on Poverty and The Trussell Trust along with Oxfam.  It shows a number of factors contributing to food poverty, including the more punitive benefits sanctions regime, a lack of decent work in many areas and rising living costs.  Lots of politicians around the world would like to suppress Oxfam's work.  I hope Oxfam will continue to be brave, both in tackling the consequences of poverty, wherever it is evident, and its causes.  As a charity, it is right that they are not party political, but that mustn't stop them spelling out the facts on poverty, however uncomfortable this particular Conservative MP finds it."

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