Footage of a Doncaster woman accusing the Conservative Government of 'stripping us of everything' during last night's episode of BBC Question Time has gone viral.
Louise Harrison, who is set to lose her job at Doncaster Women's Aid when it is expected to close later this month, condemned cuts to services implemented since 2010 that she said has seen people 'lose our jobs, our libraries, our swimming baths' while the 'rich got richer and richer and richer'.
The BBC’s flagship political show, which was broadcast from live from The Dome yesterday evening, was debating the issue of inheritance tax when Ms Harrison made her contribution.
The issue has been at the top of the political agenda since the Prime Minister published his tax statement on Saturday, when it was revealed he had received £200,000 from his mother following his father’s death.
She said: “I find that question posed for Doncaster quite ironic. I see women, my friends, like myself, who are going to lose their jobs in two weeks time because the Tories have been stealing our tax. And domestic violence services are closing in two weeks’ time - it’s been here for 40 years. It’s closing because of the Tories.”
She went on to say that the Panama Papers were 'almost like the elephant in the room'.
“The question of inheritance tax is a small issue,” the woman continued. “The question of Google, Boots, Starbucks, the question of Tories … I don’t know how you dare talk about Europe being corrupt when we had Cameron saying he would look after the vulnerable in 2010. He has stripped us of everything.”
Conservative MEP and Brexit campaigner Dan Hannan, responded by saying: 'tax dodge is that eurocrats don’t pay tax at all,' which fellow panellist Owen Smith, a Labour frontbencher, said was 'totally irrelevant'.
Ms Harrison continued: “In 2010, we were told a lie. We were told we had to take austerity. We had to lose our jobs, our libraries, our swimming baths. And do you know what happened? Cameron did not look after the vulnerable. The rich got richer and richer and richer and the gap went like that.”
The Mirror reported that following her contribution, Ms Harrison had her microphone removed by staff.