Supporters deliver festive gift for Osborne
After pedalling 20miles through pouring rain, Santa and two helpers delivered a Christmas present – a copy of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – to Chancellor George Osborne's constituency office in Knutsford, Cheshire.
Stephen and Alan (Santa) deliver the gift and statement
Three supporters of Church Action on Poverty cycled from Manchester to Knutsford on Friday 14 December. They delivered a copy of 'A Christmas Carol' and a collection of 400 greetings and signatures to the Chancellor's constituency office. They aimed to warn the Chancellor of the dangers of contempt for those in poverty, after his autumn statement capped benefit increases well below inflation.
Alan Pinch, a Quaker and resident of Withington, came up with the idea - and volunteered to dress as Father Christmas. He recruited friend Stephen Pennells and Church Action on Poverty volunteer Graham Martin to collect signatures and then cycle with him to deliver the gift.
Alan said “It’s a bit of festive fun with a very serious message at a time when many families are being forced to choose between heating and eating. Chancellor Osborne is at severe risk of turning into a modern day Scrooge, and we want to add our voices to the many calls for him to change track”.