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Twitter users mock Tory MP who said Brits should be 'able to feed themselves for 30p'

Twitter users mock Tory MP who said Brits should be 'able to feed themselves for 30p'

Furious Twitter users have mocked a Tory MP who sparked fury after saying Britons should ‘be able to feed themselves on 30p’ a day.

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson Anderson, who earns £84,144 a year as an MP, caused an outcry after claiming Britons ‘can’t budget’ and there was ‘no such use mass food banks” in Britain.

He also invited opposition MPs to visit a scheme in his own constituency which was “a real food bank” and allowed people to “cook a meal for about 30p a day”.

Mr Anderson, a former Labor adviser who defected to the Tories ahead of his election to Parliament in 2019, faced immediate anger in the House of Commons.

He was chastised for his ‘rude and cruel’ comments as Britons across the country face a cost of living crisis due to soaring prices, and sparked row as he spoke during of a debate in the House of Commons on the Queen’s Speech.

Many Britons took to social media to slam his comments and mockingly suggest the various ‘meals’ they could afford for 30p from their local supermarket.

Furious Twitter users have mocked a Tory MP who sparked fury after saying Britons should

Furious Twitter users have mocked a Tory MP who sparked fury after saying Britons should ‘be able to eat 30p’ a day – jokingly sharing the meals they think they can cook with his budget

One shared a photo of a single Shreddie in an empty bowl, writing: ‘I took on the challenge to make a meal for around 30p a day set by Lee Anderson.’

“It’s healthy, with protein and fiber. I’m sure I won’t be hungry today… tomorrow I’ll have milk.

Meanwhile, another posted a photo of a single cracker with grated cheese on top, writing: ‘He’s right Alan, I made this meal for less than 30p.’

“However, I despair of our current government, they don’t care less about the public.”

Other Twitter users then shared snaps of their '30p meals', including a bowl of porridge and a handful of grapes

Other Twitter users then shared snaps of their ’30p meals’, including a bowl of porridge and a handful of grapes

A third shared a photo of a small clay molded meal, jokingly writing: ‘I don’t know why people disagree with his comment, I made this steak meal for 30p.’

A fourth wrote: ‘I decided to go to the store to see what I could get for 30p. I have a singular onion.

“Now Lee Anderson, how do I turn this into a nutritious meal.”

Posting a photo of a 30p bag of carrots from Sainsburys, another person wrote: ‘I’m taking Lee Anderson’s 30p challenge.

‘Tonight: A bag of carrots. Tomorrow: A single lemon.

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson caused outcry by saying there was 'not this massive use of food banks' in Britain

Ashfield MP Lee Anderson caused outcry by saying there was ‘not this massive use of food banks’ in Britain

The former Labor adviser defected to the Tories ahead of his election to Parliament in 2019 as part of Boris Johnson's 80-seat majority

The former Labor adviser defected to the Tories ahead of his election to Parliament in 2019 as part of Boris Johnson’s 80-seat majority

Another person posted a photo of half a can of dog food along with a single carrot and potato, saying: ‘Here’s Lee Anderson… 30p.

“Only problem if I cook it correctly as you suggest is my problem, by the time I have factored in my energy costs it becomes a £3.40 meal.”

Addressing MPs on the opposition benches, he urged them to ‘come to Ashfield and work with me for a day in my food bank and see the brilliant program we have in place where when people come now for a food parcel, they have to sign up for a budgeting class and a cooking class.”

A former coal miner and former Labor member with a controversial history

Lee Anderson is a former coal miner, former Labor councilor and committed Brexiteer.

The 55-year-old describes himself as “born and bred” in Ashfield, the Nottinghamshire constituency he now represents in the House of Commons.

After leaving school, he followed his coal-mining father into the mines, where he worked for 10 years.

According to a biography on his website, Mr Anderson later volunteered at a local Citizens Advice Bureau, worked in homeless shelters and took a job in the office of a local MP.

He also became a local labor councilor after being a life member of the party.

A 2018 local newspaper article detailed how Mr Anderson was investigated by fellow labor advisers.

It came after he received a community protection warning after placing rocks to deter travelers from settling at a local site.

Mr Anderson quickly defected to the Conservatives and was later elected a Conservative councillor.

Soon after, he was elected to Parliament as the MP for Ashfield in 2019 as part of Boris Johnson’s 80-seat Conservative majority.

His Westminster election campaign sparked a row after he claimed ‘harmful’ council tenants should be forced to live in tents and pick vegetables.

This led to accusations that he promoted “forced labor camps”.

Mr Anderson was also criticized after he was caught knocking on the door during a solicitation.

It was revealed that he had said to a head of household before his visit: “Let it be known who I am, that you know I am the candidate but not that you are a friend.”

After joining the Commons, Mr Anderson made headlines again when he announced he would not be watching England games at the Euro 2020 football tournament.

He explained that this was due to players kneeling before games in an anti-racist gesture.

The MP voiced his opposition due to the gesture’s association with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Last December, Mr Anderson was among the Tory rebels to vote against Covid ‘plan B’ restrictions.

“What we do in the food bank, we show them how to cook cheap, nutritious meals on a budget,” he added.

“We can make a meal for around 30 pence a day. And it’s cooking from scratch.

Labor MP Alex Cunningham stepped in to ask Mr Anderson if he thought there was a ‘need to have food banks in 21st century Britain’.

Mr Anderson replied: ‘He makes a great point and that is exactly my point.

“So I personally invite you to come to Ashfield, look at our food bank, how it works and I think you’ll see first hand that there isn’t this massive use of food banks in this country.

“But generation after generation, those who don’t know how to cook properly cannot cook a meal from scratch. They can’t budget. The challenge is there.

‘Come come. I will suggest to anyone.

Noting the reaction of other MPs to his remarks, Mr Anderson added: ‘You’re sitting there with glassy expressions on your faces like I’ve landed from another planet.’

“Come, come to Ashfield, come next week, come the week after, come to a real food bank that is making a real difference in people’s lives.”

The charity Trussell Trust runs over 1,400 food bank centers across the UK.

It is also estimated that there are 1,200 independent food banks in addition to those run by the Trussell Trust, the Salvation Army and those based in schools.

Responding directly to Mr Anderson’s comments in the Commons, Joanna Cherry of the SNP said: ‘We all have food banks in our constituency.

“We don’t really need to visit him because we are fully aware of the requirement for them.

“But the requirement for them is not because people can’t cook, it’s because we have poverty in this country on a scale that should put its government to shame.”

Karen Buck, Labour’s shadow work and pensions minister, said: ‘In the world where people actually live, we now hear daily stories of families without food and others unable to light their ovens for fear of the increase in energy bills.

“The idea that the problem lies in culinary skills and not in 12 years of government decisions that push people into extreme poverty is inconceivable.

‘Out of touch doesn’t even cover.’

Labor MP Yasmin Qureshi also attacked Mr Anderson’s “astonishing” remarks.

She posted on Twitter: “A truly amazing comment from someone who represents an area where almost 30% of children live in poverty.

“It would seem he has no idea what life on the pitch is like for so many of his constituents.”

Labor MP Angela Eagle said Mr Anderson’s comments were ‘rude and cruel in equal measure’.

However, fellow Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith defended his party colleague, insisting Mr Anderson was ‘absolutely spot on’.

Mr Clarke-Smith also pointed to a newspaper article from last year detailing how he and Mr Anderson previously promoted food bank efforts to show how it was possible to feed a family of five for seven days for £50.24.

The Sunday Express article quoted Mr Anderson as saying he had no claim to be a ‘great cook’ but didn’t mind ‘trying’.

He added: ‘I was a single parent for about 17 years – two boys living with me so you learn to cook cheaply, learn to cook great meals and I enjoyed doing it.

“It’s about fighting food poverty. It’s about people having nutritious meals.

“It’s also about tackling obesity. If you’re going to eat nutritious meals, chances are you’re not overweight.

Last summer Mr Anderson refused to watch England’s games at Euro 2020 in protest at the men’s national football team taking the knee before games in an anti-racism stance.

The MP criticized the gesture’s association with the Black Lives Matter political movement.

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