Theresa May will cause more poverty than Thatcher, Gordon Brown warns : The Guardian


Former prime minister says Tory policies will reverse progress made in tackling poverty under Labour.

The former prime minister Gordon Brown has strongly attacked Theresa May’s claim to be the champion of Britain’s struggling families, warning that the Conservative government’s welfare cuts would leave more people in poverty than under Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

In his first major intervention in the election campaign, Brown said May’s policies would reverse the progress made in tackling poverty under Labour and leave the country more “economically divided and socially polarised than any other prime minister in living memory”.

Writing in the Guardian, Brown highlights recent research from the Institute of Fiscal Studies and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation showing that slow growth in wages and less generous welfare payments would result in a sharp increase in relative poverty over the next five years.

He said: “There will soon be more people in…

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