Today’s urgent session on the Bedroom Tax saw various fiery exchanges across the Commons floor — but the most passionate broadside at Iain Duncan Smith was saved until the very final question.
Manchester MP Andrew Gwynne was demanding an answer as to how the DWP could justify spending public money to overturn a court ruling which declared the Bedroom Tax to be illegal earlier this week.
The judgement was based on two cases:
- Grandparent carers for a severely disabled boy: the so-called ‘spare room’ is filled with equipment that teenager Warren — who cannot walk, talk or feed himself — needs for his care.
- A victim of extreme domestic violence: the so-called ‘spare room’ is a panic room to protect a single mother from her former partner, who has raped and assaulted her.
Readers might well wonder why Duncan Smith is sitting down.
That’s because he didn’t have the guts to answer the questions himself — so whispered them for delivery by junior minister Justin Tomlinson. Quiet man, indeed.