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Danae Savvidou at Labour Conference 2019

A Dursley mother yesterday took to the national stage to accuse the Conservative government of turning the welfare state into a trap of ‘pain, suffering and humiliation’.

A Dursley mother yesterday took to the national stage to accuse the Conservative government of turning the welfare state into a trap of ‘pain, suffering and humiliation’.

Danae Savvidou spoke on the main stage at the Labour Party’s conference in Brighton, telling a packed hall and a TV audience about her experience as a lone parent.

She said: “I use a foodbank to feed my toddler, but I actually had a delivery because I didn’t have enough money to get the bus to the foodbank.

“Our welfare state used to be a safety net for vulnerable people but due to years of vicious Tory cuts it has been turned into a trap of pain, suffering and humiliation.

“In what society do working parents have to choose between buying food and paying utility bills? In what society do terminally ill people get declared fit to work?

“I want my daughter to grow up in a society of justice and compassion, and for that to happen we need people who aren’t afraid to raise their voices.

“And that is why I’m standing for election to Stroud District Council next year because someone has to tell the Tories, and that is why we need a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government.”

You can view her speech on YouTube here.