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MP Rushanara Ali slams government over looming child poverty crisis

PUBLISHED: 10:51 13 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:51 13 May 2013

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, will speak at a union meeting attacking the cuts on February 3

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, will speak at a union meeting attacking the cuts on February 3

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The growing crisis of child poverty should have featured in the Queen’s speech, an MP has warned.

Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali made the comments after economic think tank the Institute of Fiscal Studies warned one in four children could be living in poverty by 2020.

Ms Ali slammed the government for failing to outline plans for laws to help tackle the problem last week.

“With nearly half of children in my constituency growing up in poverty, I am deeply disappointed that the Queen’s speech contains nothing to address the major problem of child poverty”, she said.

A recent study by pressure group Campaign to End Child Poverty found 42 per cent of children in Tower Hamlets are living in poverty.

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