Campaigners rally against government cuts in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Against the Cuts: Political commentator Owen Jones (middle)
Milton Keynes Against the Cuts: Political commentator Owen Jones (middle)

Campaigners gathered in Milton Keynes to rally against government cuts which they claim are “punishing ordinary people”.

Political commentator Owen Jones, who writes for the Guardian, made a passionate speech at the event, which was organised by campaign group Milton Keynes Against the Cuts.

Mr Jones said: “This is the sixth richest country on the face of the earth and we can no longer afford to feed our people.

“In the last 18 months about a million people have had their benefits sanctioned. Stopped. Ended.

“A society is judged by how it treats its vulnerable and disadvantaged. How will we be judged?”

Mr Jones went on to claim that the Conservatives, who got an outright majority for the first time since 1992, had not won this election.

Owen Jones

Owen Jones

“Labour lost it because of their own bankrupt strategy”, he said.

Kevin Vickers, Chair of Milton Keynes Against the Cuts, said he was proud to welcome such prominant speakers to the Church of Christ the Cornerstone last night.

Speaking ahead of the rally, Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes South told the Citizen that in the past five years the Conservatives have got more people in work than ever before.

He said: “In 2010 the Coalition government inherited a mess of an economy; there really was no money left. Over the five years we started the hard job of turning the country around and get the country back on track.

“We cut the deficit by a half and have got more people in work than ever before.

“UK has now voted in a Conservative Majority with the mandate to continue the work of balancing the books and making sure our economy is secure.

“It is through economic growth that we shall generate the money to spend on improving our public services.”