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Baroness apologises for 'poor people can't cook' remark

A Conservative peer has apologised after suggesting one reason for the rise in food bank use is that poor people "don't know how to cook". Baroness Jenkin made the remarks as part of a panel that has put together a landmark report on how to address the number of Britons struggling to feed themselves.

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Baroness apologises for 'poor people can't cook' remark

A Conservative peer has apologised after suggesting one reason for the rise in food bank use is that poor people "don't know how to cook".

Baroness Jenkin made the remarks as part of a panel that has put together a landmark report on how to address the number of Britons struggling to feed themselves.

Speaking to Radio 4's World at One, she admitted her words were poorly chosen but her overall point was still valid.

What I meant was as a society we have lost our ability to cook. That seems no longer to be handed down in the way that it was by previous generations.

I am well aware that I made a mistake in saying it and apologise to anybody who's been offended by it. The point is valid. If people today had the cooking skills that previous generations had, none of us would be eating so much pre-prepared food.

– Baroness Jenkin

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