‘Desperate’ people are stealing sanitary products, MP says

Shoplifting is on the rise as desperate people hit by the cost of living crisis try to obtain sanitary products and soap powder, MPs have heard. Labour’s Ian Lavery (Wansbeck) told the Commons on Tuesday: ‘We have people missing meals to feed their children, we have 2.5million people now using food banks for heaven’s sake.

“I’ll tell you what’s new in my riding – it’s an increase in crime and shoplifting. We have people desperate to keep their children clean, stealing products, stealing sanitary products, stealing soap powder.

“It’s an absolute outrage and it’s not enough to say the support is there, mind you. It’s not enough to abdicate your responsibility and say ‘we’ve done this and that and £150 and a pay-as-you-go loan for the ‘electricity”.

“It’s abdicating your responsibility to the people who need it most.”

Yesterday (Tuesday May 17) MPs rejected the Labor Queen’s Speech amendment calling for a windfall tax on oil and gas producers.

The proposal was defeated by 310 to 248, a majority of 62 and Tory MPs were accused of siding with ‘oil and gas companies profiting’ as they vote against calls for windfall tax to help ease cost of living concerns.

Labor tabled an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for a new tax on the profits of oil and gas producers to provide “much needed relief” from soaring energy prices for households. Chancellor Rishi Sunak reiterated his assertion that “no options are on the table”, and that only if the oil and gas giants do not reinvest their profits in “growth, jobs and energy security” that the policy could be introduced.

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