A TORY MP faced a backlash last night for saying millions of Brits don’t need food banks, they just need to learn to cook properly.
Lee Anderson said the cost of living crisis was made even worse because many people can’t make a meal from scratch and find it hard to budget their cash.
He made an open offer to other MPs to visit his Ashfield constituency to see a “real food bank” which showed those in need how to make low-cost meals “for about 30p a day”.
Former coal miner Mr Anderson told the Commons there would be no need to dish out food if more people were taught to cook healthy, cheap dinners.
He said: “Generation after generation cannot cook properly, they can’t cook a meal from scratch.
“They cannot budget. The challenge is there.
“Come to Ashfield… come to a real food bank that’s making a real difference to people’s lives.”
But critics accused him of being “crass and cruel” as millions of Brits face a choice between heating or eating.
Labour’s shadow work and pensions minister, Karen Buck hit out: “Out of touch doesn’t even cover it.”