- Hypocrite Tory leads the charge to demonise claimants
- But ignores questions about his own family’s claims
- Pocketed £6,000 expenses to heat stable on estate
Stand-in Newsnight anchor Victoria Derbyshire turned the tables on a Tory MP behind the demonisation of welfare claimants — by asking him about his own family’s struggles while on benefits.
Nadhim Zahawi — now notorious as the millionaire MP who claimed £6,000 in expenses to heat the stables on his country estate — loves to bash the poor with a good sound bite.
But with Zahawi’s own family claiming benefit when he was a teenager, the callous MP refused to answer the question of how his father would have fed his family if he had been subject to the DWP’s new sanction regime:
Derbyshire: If he’d made a minor infringement while he was on benefits a sanction would [have been levied]. How would that have impacted your family?
Zahawi: It’s not a minor infringement. There are explanations you can make. If there’s a reason …
Derbyshire: If he’d had his money stopped, how would he have fed you all?
Zahawi: There is housing benefit, which is still in place. There is Hardship Allowance, which is there. But if there is a reason why someone couldn’t turn up to an appointment or couldn’t look at that particular job.
Derbyshire: You have a relevant experience. Why don’t you share that with people?
Zahawi: Well I do.
Derbyshire: So how would your father have fed you all if his benefits had been stopped?
Promoted to Number 10’s policy board by David Cameron, Zahawi advocates a China-style child benefits cap which could cost working parents with three children £700 per year.