Owen Jones and Simon Danczuk
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Unemployment benefit changes: Owen Jones and Simon Danczuk

A Labour MP and left-wing newspaper columnist brought their twitter spat into the TV studio as they disagreed over changes to benefits for newly-unemployed people.

The Independent's Owen Jones said Simon Danczuk "sounded like a Tory MP" for appearing to back coalition plans to make people wait to claim benefits for seven days after losing a job.

But the MP said "welfare has limitations... and we have to build self-reliance among people". He also said he was not going to take lectures from a "privileged" columnist who "sounded like a 1980s alternative comedian".

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  • 02 Jul 2013
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