Conservative MP and former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey has sparked outrage online after she said she was part of a “compassionate Conservative government”.
As tensions run high in the run-up to the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit Deal, people on Twitter didn’t take too kindly to McVey’s comment on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
After resigning from Theresa May’s government in November, saying the prime minister’s Brexit deal “does not honour the result of the referendum”, McVey has expressed some controversial opinions on Brexit.
The MP for Tatton has said that the UK is prepared for a no-deal Brexit and has described other MPs as “arch Remainers” who want to “turn around the vote of the people”.
During her time as secretary for work and pensions, McVey was heavily criticised for her department's troubled roll-out of Universal Credit. And eventually she was forced to admit that some people would be worse off on the one size fits all benefits system.
As one of the more unpopular Tory MPs, McVey's claim that she is a "compassionate conservative" didn't go down well on Twitter.
I’ve just heard Esther McVey describe herself as a ‘compassionate conservative’ on #BBCRadio4 I literally just choked on my tea 🙄