Tory hopeful said people on Benefits Street should be 'put down'

A Conservative candidate has been revealed to have wrote on social media that she believed people from the controversial reality TV series Benefits Street needed "putting down".

The comments made by Francesca O’Brien, first reported by the Guardian, were originally made in a 2014 Facebook post which has now been deleted.


In response to a friends comment, O'Brien wrote: "My blood is boiling, these people need putting down.”

Benefits Street was a controversial Channel 4 documentary, often dubbed as "poverty porn", which followed a group of benefits claimants. 

The programme was criticised as being unrepresentative of the vast majority of people claiming out-of-work benefits. 

O'Brien is the Tory candidate for the marginal seat of Gower in South Wales, challenging incumbent Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi. 

A Labour source said the comments were "revealing" of Conservative party attitudes to those who rely on benefits often through no fault of their own.

In a statement to the Guardian, O'Brien apologised for her "off the cuff" remarks. 

Image: Facebook/The Guardian 




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