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Launch: Hungry for Change

The final report of the Fabian Commission on Food and Poverty launched in the House of Commons last night, with a panel chaired by the Observer's Yvonne Roberts. The report's findings were discussed by the commissioners and an audience of academics, food policy experts and politicians...

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  1. Chair of the Commission Geoff Tansey began by thanking the expert panel the commissioners worked with throughout the year, made up of people who've experienced food poverty. He described why life is so tough for them...
  2. Jeanette Orrey, commissioner and the former dinner lady who inspired Jamie Oliver's school meals campaign, said that before she began Food for Life, she didn't realise poverty still existed in the UK, but now...
  3. Niall Cooper, commissioner and Director of Church Action on Poverty, was next to speak. He also paid tribute to the expert panel, and said this issue shouldn't become party political...
  4. Then questions are taken from the floor. Kerry McCarthy MP, shadow secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, was one of the first...
  5. Another came from Fiona Twycross, Labour London Assembly member and spokesperson on fire, economy and welfare and food....
  6. Geoff Tansey and Niall Cooper were clear that food banks must not become part of the welfare state - there are things government can do to avoid this, if there's the will...
  7. Diana Holland, commissioner and assistant general secretary of Unite for transport, equalities and food and agriculture, agreed...
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