A mother was reduced to tears as she confronted a Conservative minister on Question Time about her government’s decision to press ahead with £4.5bn of tax credit cuts next April.
Amber Rudd, the Energy and Climate Change secretary, was left speechless as a woman in the audience told her exactly what the cuts would mean to her and her children.
She explained how she had been left betrayed after voting for the Tories at the election only to be slapped in the face with cuts to working tax credits that are estimated to make three million families more than £1,300 a year worse off and made Ms Rudd look very uncomfortable as she finished off by shouting “shame on you”.
“I voted Conservative originally because I thought you were going to be the better chance for me and my children,” the mother in the Question Time audience told Ms Rudd. “You’re about to cut tax credits after promising you wouldn’t.
“I work bloody hard for my money to provide for my children, to give them everything they’ve got and you’re going to take it away from me and them.
“I can hardly afford the rent I’ve got to pay, I can hardly afford the bills I’ve got to do, and you’re going to take more than me.”