The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions was seen joyously belting out a rendition of the power ballad (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – just hours before cutting vital benefits for millions of people.
Videos show Ms Coffey jumping up and down and dancing as she sang the hit – made famous by the film Dirty Dancing – at a Tory conference karaoke party last night, with fellow Tory minister Will Quince.
The rendition came just a few hours before she oversaw the implementation of a brutal cut to Universal Credit, that will hit nearly six million Brits today.
Ms Coffey was born in Billinge in Merseyside, but grew up in Liverpool.
The government has pressed ahead with its hugely controversial decision to remove the £20-a-week uplift in Universal Credit it brought in at the start of the pandemic, despite major criticism and at a time when energy and food bills are soaring.
The 18-month-long Covid benefit will be removed from payments arriving between October 13 and November 12, plunging hundreds of thousands into poverty and affecting more than three million children.
Mr Quince was until recently the minister responsible for Universal Credit and is now the Minister for Children and Families at the Department for Education.
Today our colleagues at Mirror Online, who secured the footage of the singalong, asked Ms Coffey if she regretted her choice of karaoke song but she refused to comment.
Asked if she had anything to tell claimants who have been left in “impossible situations”, she still declined to comment.
Landlords, mortgage lenders, debt charities, homelessness groups and Save The Children are among those opposing the benefit cut.
Six former Tory Work and Pensions Secretaries have also hit out at the move, while Tory MP Nigel Mills yesterday warned: “We may end up going so far that we look cruel and harsh, leaving people in an impossible situation.”
But the Prime Minister has refused to U-turn – instead unveiling a £500million hardship fund that is a tenth of the amount being cut.
Anti-poverty charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) says Boris Johnson is “abandoning millions to hunger and hardship” by ending the uplift as families face a looming cost of living crisis.
Around one in six working-age people across Merseyside will be hit by the £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit as the Government removes the vital benefit boost today.
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