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06/03/2018 13:23 GMT | Updated 06/03/2018 16:05 GMT

Tory Minister Rory Stewart Lauded For Calling Out Workless Families Myth

'Thank you for acknowledging this.'

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Prisons Minister Rory Stewart outside Downing Street

Conservative MP Rory Stewart has been praised for calling out the myth that there are families with three generations out of work as false. 

The Prisons Minister, who represents Penrith in Cumbria, took to Twitter to point out the claims, which have been repeated by many of his party colleagues, were untrue. 

He pointed out the Joseph Rowntree Foundation had investigated and found no evidence the urban myth had any basis in truth. 

Stewart’s admission comes after the Conservatives led an eight-year squeeze on benefit claimants, and introduced the punishing Universal Credit system and the hated two-child cap for parents claiming tax credits. 

Stewart also stands in stark contrast to Tory vice-chair Ben Bradley, who defended an online rant that unemployed parents should consider vasectomies, by suggesting “a small minority of people appear to take advantage of the benefits system”. 

The Penrith MP’s tweet was widely lauded.

But it was also met with anger and frustration from some.