Conservative leadership candidate Esther McVey has apologised to those who were negatively affected by Universal Credit but still believes it's been an overall success.
The controversial new system was linked to a rise in foodbank use following its role out last year, in which a series of administrative issues saw new claimants waiting up to five weeks before their first payment was processed.
Addressing the issue on Good Morning Britain, Esther said: “Universal Credit came into existence because the old benefit wasn’t working. It locked people out of work...it was a barrier to work and if you did go into work, the tax rates were over 90 percent, so it stopped people going to work.”
Asked if she thinks it’s been a success, Esther added: “Universal Credit has been a success in supporting the most vulnerable, more money goes there and supporting people going into work. What I will say, where it hasn’t worked for people, then I do apologise, that is wrong. That is why we have tried to make the system a lot better.”
When Piers then asked if she agrees it’s a scandal that people in the UK are using food banks, she said: “Yes I do... of course you wouldn’t want [the numbers using them] to go up. You have to look at why people go to food banks. People go there for all different reasons. Some people could be addicted to drugs and alcohol, some people could be in abusive relationships and running away, there are many reasons why people don’t have enough money.”
Unite activist Lisa Forbes was elected with a majority of 683 over the Brexit Party's Mike Green.
Labour won 10,484 votes to the Brexit Party’s 9,801.
The election result will come as a blow for Mr Farage who was hoping to secure his party's first MP just six months after they formed.
The news offers some light relief for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party suffered a devastating blow in the European Elections last month, following criticism they had failed to take a clear stance on Brexit.
The by-election was called after Peterborough’s previous MP Fiona Onasanya was forced out after she was jailed for lying about a speeding offence.
Conservatives were beaten into third place with 7,243 votes in a seat which is a traditional two-way Conservative-Labour marginal.
President Donald Trump has said was ‘moved’ by Prince Charles’ ‘passion for future generations’ after they talked for over an hour on climate change during a meeting at Buckingham Palace this week.
Trump, who previously said climate change experts had a ‘political agenda’, claims he enjoyed his chat with Prince Charles about the environment.
In an exclusive interview with Good Morning Britain, Trump told Piers Morgan: “We were going to have a 15-minute chat. And it turned out to be an hour and a half. And he did most of the talking. He is really into climate change, and I think that’s great, I mean I want that, I like that.”
“What he really wants, and what he really feels warmly about is the future. He wants to make sure future generations have a climate that is good climate as opposed to a disaster and I agree.”
He added: "I did mention a couple of things, I did say, ‘Well the United States right now has among the cleanest climates there are, based on all statistics, and it’s even getting better,’ Because I agree with that, I want the best water, the cleanest water. Crystal clean - it has to be crystal clean…’
Donald Trump has addressed reports that he called Meghan Markle “nasty”, claiming his words were taken out of context.
The President had told the Sun newspaper that he “didn’t know she was nasty” after being informed by the reporter that the Duchess of Sussex had said she would move to Canada if he won the 2016 US elections.
Today, in an exclusive interview with Good Morning Britain, Trump told Piers Morgan he had no intention to cause any offense and actually thinks Meghan is “very nice.”
Donald Trump has said ‘everything is up for negotiation’ if the US were to make a trade deal with the UK after Brexit but he doesn’t see it ‘being on the table’.
In an exclusive 30 minute interview, Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan asked President Donald Trump whether the NHS would be part of a post-Brexit trade deal between the USA and UK.
Pressed on the topic of the NHS, Piers asked: “No leader, no leader it seems to me, would allow Britain to effectively sell the NHS as part of a trade deal. Would you as the American President see that as ‘deal breaker’ if none of the NHS was on the table?”
The which the President replied: “I don’t see it being on the table. Somebody asked me a question today and I say everything is up for negotiation because everything is. But I don’t see that as being, something that I would not consider part of the trade. That’s not trade.”
Trump was also quizzed on whether he could see himself doing a trade deal with Jeremy Corbyn if he became Prime Minister, after he declined to meet the Labour leader during his trip to the UK.
Thousands of protesters are expected to line the streets of London to rally against President Donald Trump and his three-day state visit to the UK.
A huge police and security operation is in place, with demonstrators barred from gathering directly outside Downing Street.
A 16-foot talking robot of Trump sitting on a gold toilet - aptly named by the creator 'Dumping Trump' - has appeared at Trafalgar square.
The giant, orange inflatable baby Trump blimp that first appeared during his 2018 visit is due to fly over the square during the late morning.
The Royal family have given US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania a warm welcome to Buckingham Palace.
The Queen - alongside The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall - greeted the president on the palace lawns, before they witnessed a ceremonial welcome, which included an 82-gun salute.
90-year-old war veteran Jim Radford is set to beat the likes of Justin Beiber in the UK charts with his new single about his time at war.
His haunting ballad The Shores of Normandy was inspired by his memories of comrades who 'stormed the gates of hell' on June 6th, 1944.
Now Jim says his great-grandchildren will 'never believe I'm a popstar' after his single stormed ahead of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's joint track 'I Don't Care' in the Amazon charts following a petition online.
Jim served as a galley boy on a merchant navy ship called Empire Larch at the age of 15 and remains the youngest-known veteran.
He told Good Morning Britain: "Imagine a war film and horror film combined, on a very large scale it was a bit like that."
He added: "I remember thinking at the time, I’d seen war films, that’s similar but it’s much larger, everywhere you look it’s the same you can’t turn away from it.
"The first thing I saw was a burning landing craft on the beach and lots of dead men in the water, lots of young soldiers who never made it to the war, and the most horrendous bombardment you can imagine."