Iain Duncan Smith is to be reported to the official statistics watchdog, after a “groundless” claim that 75 per cent of jobseekers believe benefit sanctions have helped them. Owen Smith, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said he intends to refer Mr Duncan Smith to the UK Statistics Authority for investigation following the claim that the sanctions regime helps claimants “focus and get on”.
Independent Group (IG), the gang of MPs who deserted the parties for whom their voters voted but refused to call by-elections, gave themselves some made-up remits.
None of the respective assigned roles for the MPs has any meaning because IG is not a political party. The game IG is playing is the antithesis and abuse of parliamentary democracy. The MPs are democracy thieves.
The job title descriptions adjacent to each member’s name below were taken directly from an IG press release.
Gavin Shuker – Group Convenor
No-one knows what ‘convenor’ means in this context. Shuker is the owner of shell company Gemini A Limited that owns IG.
Chuka Umunna – Group Spokesperson; Cabinet Office; Government Policy Coordination
If Umunna is a spokesperson then it might be better to have nothing to say. The third feature of his role appears to mean that Umunna will coordinate with the Tory government…
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