Suzy quizzes why Harlow MP missed Bedroom Tax debate

LABOUR has criticised Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow, for missing a debate on the bedroom tax, which Labour argue is unfair and fails to save the taxpayer money.

The policy was discussed in an opposition day debate in Parliament yesterday (Tuesday), giving MPs a vote on whether to repeal the cuts to housing benefit for claimants with a spare bedroom.

Labour argues that the bedroom tax is unworkable as the vast majority of the 660,000 people affected are not able to move to smaller accommodation.

Chair of Harlow Labour Party, Charlie Cochrane, accused the Tory MP of snubbing 420,000 disabled people clobbered by the tax and 1,602 people affected in Harlow.

Suzy Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, said Halfon’s absence showed how out of touch the government was on the issue.

Miss Stride said, “The vote gave MPs a chance to show where they stand and vote to repeal this unjust and unworkable policy. Robert Halfon showed where his priorities lie by not even turning up for the vote.”

YH contacted Mr Halfon’s office on Wednesday afternoon but have had no reply prior to publication.

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