Mum demand apology from 'judgmental' Monmouth MP
10:47am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
THE BLAENAVON mum of a teenage couple at the centre of a documentary with MP David Davies last week has hit out at the Monmouth Conservative.
Karen Evans said Mr Davies was “out of order” and should apologise to her daughter, Amy, and her partner, Lloyd Mulry, for comments which made them feel “judged and intimidated”.
The Conservative MP, who heads a committee of MPs investigating the effect of bedroom tax in Wales, appeared on BBC Wales’ Week In Week Out to go behind the scenes with Bron Afron Housing Association which has 509 properties in Blaenavon but only 23 one bedroom flats.
But, when speaking with unemployed 17-year-old’s Lloyd and Amy, who live together, he told Lloyd he should go to London to find work, as he has no real ties to Blaenavon.
He also told the South Wales Argus last week that receiving housing benefit was like “knocking on neighbour’s doors asking for money”.
Miss Evans said she was “disgusted”.
“Mr Davies is entitled to his opinions, like anyone else, but I don’t feel he had any right to say what he did.
“He basically slated Lloyd, who has very little confidence anyway.
“But Lloyd is struggling in a small valley’s town. How would he survive in a big city?”
Miss Evans, who said she has worked on and off as a social carer for decades but not since 2009, left a message at Mr Davies’ office on Friday demanding he return to apologise to Lloyd in front of her.
Both Amy and Lloyd attend a work-based training programme run by Torfaen Council during the week for which they receive £30 a week each.
Lloyd said: “After the programme I felt ashamed, and did not want to leave the house. He made me feel like a little boy, who he was telling what to do. He was very judgemental but what does he know about the world we live in. I would love to see him try and survive on the money we have to.”
Miss Evans added: “The problem is there aren’t enough jobs. I am looking for work myself so I know how hard it is. But the majority of adverts are for over 18s and then you need experience and training.
“At the end of the day Mr Davies does not know the circumstances or reasons behind everyone’s benefit claims.”
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