West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper attended the parliamentary launch of Save the Children’s UK child poverty exhibition. The photography exhibition, ‘Missing Pieces’, by photojournalist Anna Kari, captures the harsh reality of life for the 3.4 million children living below the poverty line in the UK today.
Department of Work & Pensions Child Poverty Minister, Jim Murphy MP, opened the exhibition, and invited other MPs to join him in signing up to Save the Children’s child poverty pledge.
Speaking today, Rosie Cooper said:
“The Save the Children exhibition really brought home what child poverty means in this country. I have signed up to Save the Children’s poverty pledge saying that I will do all I can as a parliamentarian to ensure that child poverty in the UK is eradicated by 2020.”
Colette Marshall, UK Director of Save the Children, said:
“All three major political parties have now signed up to the target of eradicating child poverty by 2020 and our campaign continues. The Government now needs to turn their promises and rhetoric into reality and use the vital opportunities of 2007, the Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review, to change the lives of the poorest children in Britain.”
An additional £4.5bn (0.3% of GDP) is needed to ensure that the next milestone towards the child poverty target is met in 2010.