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Revealed: Over 6,000 children in Portsmouth South now living in poverty as local MP criticises government record

Stephen Morgan MP has called out Conservative political choices after new analysis has shown 6,091 children are living in poverty in Portsmouth South.

The figures in a new report from the End Child Poverty Coalition show child poverty levels in the City MP’s constituency of Portsmouth South have remained above what they were since 2014/15, with over a third (33.2%) of children still currently living in poverty.

Penny Mordaunt’s Portsmouth North has seen the sharpest increase in child poverty levels over the last 5 years, up 6.5% from 2014/15, and with 31.7% of children living in poverty in the constituency.

The report also says nearly 1 in 4 (24%) of children in the South East are living in poverty.

It comes as the cost of living crisis continues grow, with the price of the weekly shop and bills skyrocketing, and government overseeing the highest level of taxes for 70 years.

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“These figures expose the disgraceful record of Tory Ministers and the Conservative’s political choices leaving Portsmouth’s next generation behind.

“Every child in our city and the country should be able to have the best start in life, no matter where they are born and no matter their background, but Tory mismanagement of our economy has pushed Portsmouth families to the brink.

Labour would take immediate action to reduce pressure on families by cutting VAT on home energy bills and secure the fairer, stronger economy we need.”

The MP has vowed to continue to take action to address poverty and disadvantage facing Portsmouth families.