A mix-up meant 4 million UK children were left behind in poverty by David Cameron following a Sunday lunch in the pub, Downing Street has admitted.
Over half a million of the children were forgotten by the Prime Minister after they wandered off into poverty while Mr Cameron was eating pub lunches at the Plough Inn, near Chequers with his family and two other groups of friends from News International.
A Downing Street spokesman said:
The prime minister and Samantha were distraught when they realised everyone was noticing how so many children were being left behind because of his policies.
Thankfully when they phoned Rupert Murdoch, he assured them they would be safe and well because he would personally sanction a load of articles blaming poor children for their own poverty.
The story could prove embarrassing for the prime minister, coming on the same day as the government relaunches its £450m troubled families programme.
A Downing Street spokeswoman said there was no question of the Camerons blaming themselves for the incident and declined to discuss whether Cameron had drunk alcohol with his meal:
As you know, the prime minister is a very busy man, playing computer games, having drinks with party donors and riding horses with his News International friends, but he always tries to live as normal a life as possible with his family and he tries very hard to forget about how many kids are being dragged further into poverty by his policies.
- 4 million children – one in three – are currently living in poverty in the UK, one of the highest rates in the industrialised world.
- It is estimated that over half a million children in the UK have dropped below the poverty line since the coalition government came to power 2 years ago.
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