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Rebuilding Britain: UN day highlights urgent need to tackle child poverty

Square_portrait_lucy_powell2.JPG.ashx.jpgToday (Thursday) is the United Nation’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Labour is marking the anniversary by calling on the Government to take urgent action to tackle child poverty.

Labour leader Ed Miliband, during Labour Annual Party Conference in Manchester, backed the Manchester Evening News campaign to reduce the number of children living on the hunger line.

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, said:

"Fighting poverty at home and around the world is a moral imperative. The MEN are write to highlight the unacceptable levels of poverty which blight our communities.

“This UN day should focus our minds on the contrast between Labour’s vision of a one nation Britain and the Tories divided society.”

Lucy Powell, Labour’s Manchester Central Parliamentary candidate, said:

"The MEN has highlighted the scandal of children in this city going hungry because their families can’t afford decent food. This international day is another reminder of the challenges that must be tackled across the world and on our doorstep.

“The Government are out of touch with Manchester families feeling the squeeze from higher food bills and struggling to make ends meet. It's an utter disgrace that even though we are the seventh richest country in the world we face an epidemic of hidden hunger particularly in children.

“David Cameron claimed ‘we’re all in this together’ yet this Tory-led Government has cut taxes for millionaires while families have been left worse off with further benefit cuts to come. Manchester deserves better than this.”

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