Glenda Jackson's response to DWP and Secretary of State Ian Duncan Smith

Posted by Gareth Hargreaves

It is always refreshing to see an MP go to town on a government minister for underperformance and broken promises.

Evening sessions at the House of Commons seldom raise temperatures or interest levels, unless of course Ian Duncan Smith pops in.

Not wanting to let an opportunity to collar the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions slip through her grasp, Glenda Jackson, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, launched into a tirade of criticism of the performance of the DWP and the government's commitment to vulnerable people.

It was a performance that went largely unnoticed in the media. Nevertheless it is pleasing to see that some MPs take their election promises seriously and pursue the issues that most affect their constituents.

The Secretary of State on the other hand smirks and shifts in his seat like a chastened schoolboy. Power politics it is not, but it is gratifying to see the gloves come off every once in a while.

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