Cameron staff called police on Bishop delivering letter on poverty

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David Cameron’s staff called the police on a group of priests, including the Bishop of Oxford, who were trying to deliver a letter about food poverty to his constituency office.

Cameron may be all about the God these days, but that apparently doesn’t extend to discussing the pressing issues of poverty with church leaders.

Reverend Keith Hebden, a spokesperson for the End Hunger Fast campaign, visited Cameron’s constituency office in Whitney with the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend John Pritchard, to deliver a letter on food poverty signed by more than 600 clergy, including 45 bishops.

Nobody answered the door to the Prime Minister’s constituency office, and a few minutes later three police officers arrived.

The police soon left when they realised their presence was not required.

A spokesperson for End Hunger Fast told Scrapbook the letter had been delivered to all three main party leaders, but:

“Cameron’s office was the only one to call the police”

The letter was published in the Guardian on Wednesday, describing British food poverty as a “national crisis” and calling for “each of us, and government too, to act to make sure that work pays, that food markets support sustainable and healthy diets, and that the welfare system provides a robust last line of defence against hunger.”

Rev. Hebden told Al Jazeera: “Summoning the police like that illustrates the sense of panic in this government about rising food poverty levels because they are in such denial about this problem.”

 And lo, Cameron cast out the vicars and anti-poverty campaigners from his constituency office.

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Whitney??? It isn’t a popstar. The constituency is Witney.

  2. James Morrison says:

    A quick way to end the need for food banks is to make religions pay rates and taxes like other businesses. Chaplains should offer their services free to members of their religion. Currently, they cost the NHS over £30 million p.a. Stop religions leaching on the public.

  3. Hairybolux says:

    @Anonymous – A typo, idiot.

  4. another example of bashing the poor just because they are poor. Blame the victims punish the victims.

  5. Francesca Stout says:

    Cameron is an utter, utter coward.

  6. NP says:

    How would chaplains (hospital chaplains, I assume from context) be able to offer their services free to members of the public? Also, if your figures are correct, this is a tiny amount. In the hospital trust I work for, there are 5000 staff, including just 3 full time chaplains, whose pay is low in comparison to the huge amount of managerial staff with long convoluted titles. Their wages are paid by the NHS but all expenses, sick pay, pensions etc. are paid by the Church.

    Between them, and the huge numbers of volunteers they recruit and train, they visit 3000 patients
    (yes, mostly from their own faiths, but not exclusively) per quarter, bringing comfort and guidance to them, their families, and staff members.

    These chaplains are also among the priests, vicars and lay people who are signing these petitions to end hunger, and volunteering at the food banks.

  7. leoni says:

    Why is Cameron such a coward., he is a coward because he wants to hide the truth about food poverty and he is doing this by hiding behind the police, he knows full well what devastation they are causing with these evil policies. How can they line their own pockets if he acknowledges the fact. Its disgusting that the police were called on 2 men of the cloth.

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