The Wirral West MP, widely considered one of the fastest-rising stars in the Tory party, was grilled by the work and pensions committee yesterday.

{jcomments on}Newly-appointed employment minister Esther McVey compared the work of Jobcentres with teachers who give pupils detention but have their best interests at heart.

Ms McVey said: “What’s a teacher do in a school? A teacher would tell you off or give you lines or whatever it is, detentions, but at the same time they are wanting your best interests at heart.

“They are teaching you, they are educating you but at the same time they will also have the ability to sanction you.”

Figures published earlier this month showed payments had been suspended 580,000 times since October last year, affecting approximately 5% of people claiming JSA.

Source: Liverpool Daily Post



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