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Catholic MP attacks Oxfam for ‘partisan’ campaign

19 June 2014 | by Paul Wilkinson | Comments: 0

A CATHOLIC Conservative MP has accused Oxfam of politicising its charitable status over a poster supporting a report that 20 million meals were being provided by food banks.The charity’s poster referred to a “perfect storm” caused by “zero-hours contracts, high prices, benefit cuts, unemployment and childcare costs”. Conor Burns, the MP for Bournemouth West, said it was “highly political and deeply misleading”.Oxfam circulated the poster on Twitter to publicise “Below the Breadline”, a report it commissioned jointly with Church Action on Poverty and the Trussell Trust which run food banks. The Church in England and Wales’ social action agency, Caritas Social Action Network (Csan) supported the report, arguing that food pover ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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