The BBC has been accused of allowing its Comic Relief TV appeal to become ‘an advert for Jeremy Corbyn’ because it painted a bleak picture of deprivation in the UK.
Tory MPs lambasted BBC bosses for peddling ‘socialist nonsense’ and making ‘absurd’ claims about the scale of poverty in Britain in this year’s six-hour broadcast.
They say celebrities painted a bleak picture of hunger, deprivation and homelessness in the UK, which MPs say amounted to a political attack on Theresa May’s Government.
But the politicians have been accused of having their heads in the sand over the scale of the problem in the UK.
Chris Wood tweeted: “Yeah, because homelessness, more people relying on food banks and reports of kids malnourished in school isn’t increasing” in a nod to reports that suggest they are all on the rise.
Sara Steele said: “They are only furious because they spend much of their time denying it.
“They won’t even accept the UN’s findings on poverty“.
MP Jonathan Reynolds tweeted: “Imagine thinking the problem with hunger and homelessness is telling people about it” in response to the Mail on Sunday’s front page splash which towed the Tory line.
Comic Relief raised £63 million for causes in the UK and those around the world.
The charity has invested over £1 billion since 1985, supporting vulnerable people and communities.