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TORY MOGG GOES MAD; FURY AT MILLIONAIRE'S FOOD BANK CLAIM Toff Rees-Mogg is the dictionary definition of an outof touch Tory.

Byline: TORCUIL CRICHTON

TORY toff Jacob Rees-Mogg sparked fury yesterday by claiming the huge rise in food banks was "uplifting".

The ignorant millionaire said charity handouts to desperate families "show what a good, compassionate country we are".

Rees-Mogg - touted as a future Conservative leader - said the state can't do everything, adding: "I think turn to page 2 CRASS Jacob Rees-Mogg FROM PAGE ONE there is a need for some private charity on top of what the state provides."

But Labour last night blasted his comments as "disgraceful" and described the Old Etonian as "the dictionary definition of an out-of-touch Tory".

The MP, a City investor, had told LBC radio: "I don't think the state can do everything that it tries.

"It provides a base of welfare that should allow people to make ends meet during the course of the week but, on occasions, that will not work.

"And to have charitable support given by people voluntarily to support their fellow citizens, I think is rather uplifting and shows what a good compassionate country we are."

Food bank charity The Trussell Trust gave out about 1.2million emergency parcels last year - their highest ever and up from 61,000 in 2010/11.

Rees-Mogg, 48, blamed Labour.

But Labour MP Ian Lavery said: "The real reason people are going to food banks in record numbers is because the Tories have slashed public sector jobs and living standards over the last seven years, plunging more families into poverty and homelessness.

"This kind of comment shows Jacob Rees-Mogg really is the dictionary definition of an out-of-touch Tory."

Scottish Labour's Glasgow North East MP Paul Sweeney added: "These are disgraceful comments. Failed Tory austerity has driven thousands to food banks and has caused misery across Scotland and the UK."

And SNP MP Neil Gray said: "I supported a food bank collection drive in Airdrie and I'd be more than happy to welcome Jacob Rees-Mogg to the food banks in my area to show him how the Tory choices he has supported have impacted some of the people I represent in such a devastating way."

Last week, Rees-Mogg was blasted for saying he was against abortion even in cases of rape.

The devout Catholic, one of the richest MPs in Parliament, said "life begins at the point of conception".

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HITTING BACK The SNP's Neil Gray and Labour politician Ian Lavery reacted angrily to Rees-Mogg's claim

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