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John McDonnell responds to Philip Hammond’s comments on people living in poverty

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to Philip Hammond telling Newsnight that he rejects the idea there are vast numbers of people facing dire poverty in this country, said “Multi-millionaire Hammond lives in a different world to the rest of us. He displays a brutal complacency about the scale of poverty and human suffering his austerity programme has created.

“Heartless, without compassion or any sense of humanity, after these remarks he demonstrates he is not fit to hold office and should consider his position.

“It’s not just the United Nations: Human Rights Watch and others have commented on the poverty and inequality under this government. Meanwhile Philip Hammond’s colleagues compete with each other to promise more tax cuts, showing how utterly out of touch the Conservatives are with the problems of today’s society.”