This is when a Tory DWP chief was filmed singing “I’ve had the time of my life” at a party just hours before cutting performances for millions of people.
Therese Coffey was attending a Tory conference karaoke party in Manchester last night, which was by invitation only when she took the microphone.
In the footage – which you can see above – The Secretary of Labor and Pensions dances and jumps up and down to the 1987 power ballad from the Patrick Swayze film Dirty Dancing sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes with fellow Tory Minister Will Quince.
Mr. Quince was the direct minister for universal credit until recently and is now minister for children and families in the Ministry of Education.
Today Therese Coffey will take the lead in overseeing the end of the £ 20 a week universal credit increase – the largest overnight social cut since World War II Mirror reports.
Outraged viewers used Twitter to express their disgust for her singing such a song as thousands of low-income families face cuts in Universal Credits of £ 1,000.
The 18-month Covid benefit will be slashed from payments received between October 13 and November 12, plunging hundreds of thousands into poverty and affecting more than three million children.
Landlords, mortgage lenders, charities, homeless groups and Save The Children, among others, are against the benefit cut.
Six former Tory labor and pension clerks have also struck, while Tory MP Nigel Mills warned yesterday: “We can end up looking cruel and harsh and putting people in an impossible situation.”
The ministerial couple showed each other during the duet at a nightly party.
But the prime minister has refused to turn around – instead, he has proposed a £ 500m hardship fund, which is one-tenth the amount cut.
The cruel Mr Johnson claims “there is no alternative” other than waiting for the free market to produce higher wages – despite families facing a winter of discontent with rising inflation and higher energy bills.
The RSA think tank warns today that the cut will hit “leveling areas” hardest in the North and Midlands.
Areas with priority compensation funds have 50% more applicants than areas with lower priority, with 18% of those in priority areas receiving the benefit.
Hannah Webster, Joint Head of People and Place at RSA, said, “It’s not too late to change course.
“By considering the upcoming universal credit cut, the government will help ensure that everyone has access to a support system that enables them to meet their needs.”
Labor is due to unveil a promotional car ahead of the Manchester conference today calling for Boris Johnson to “break the cut,” styled in Tory blue.
Labor unveiled this poster at the Tory conference calling on ministers to end the cut
Shadow Labor and Pensions Minister Jonathan Reynolds said: “Today the Prime Minister decided to cut the incomes of hard-working families.
“Any promise by the Prime Minister to raise the living standards of the people of this country sounds hollow as this cut is carried out.
“Under this administration, prices have risen, bills have risen and taxes have risen, but the prime minister pushed for the biggest social security cut ever in the face of widespread opposition.”
It is assumed that the minister of labor and pensions will push for a cut in the “taper rate” of the universal loan this month budget.
That would allow up to 2.3 million working applicants to keep 40p on every £ 1 they earn from wages, instead of 37p as is now the case.
But such a change in the taper rate would not offset the £ 20 cut for the vast majority of applicants.
Ms. Coffey is a fixture in the conference karaoke scene, singing “Don’t Stop Me Now” with Matt Hancock.
She said at an early evening reception: “The last night at the conference is the best night ….
“I love conferences. It’s not just about karaoke … it’s not just about the drinks that are out there.
“What I love is that we really see each other and wow, what a difference it makes to be here in person.”
She added, “We are really here to run the country, to change the lives of the people in this country.”
Other Tories were also spotted dancing last night, with Michael Gove Boogie on “I wanna Dance with Somebody”.
And Liz Truss was danced to “Simply The Best” at a gay club on Canal Street in town.