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    British MPs will come together to debate a no confidence vote in Prime Minister David Cameron after an online petition, accusing him of causing "devastation for the poorest in society for the last 5 years," reached enough public support to trigger a discussion.

    British MPs will come together to debate a no confidence vote in Prime Minister David Cameron after an online petition, accusing him of causing "devastation for the poorest in society for the last 5 years," reached enough public support to trigger a discussion.

    Parliamentarians will now debate the matter after a petition launched by Kelly Teeboon surpassed the required 100,000 signatures, with more than 120,000 people signing the online document by Friday afternoon.

    On top of accusing the PM of causing "devastation" for some of Britain’s poorest, the petition added:

    "We cannot afford another 5 years of Tory rule, with the recent welfare reform that will cause nothing but immense poverty in the UK."

    While the petition is unlikely to have any meaningful impact, it will come as an embarrassing development for the PM, who has been criticized for trying to usher in welfare reforms that critics and analysts say will leave Britain’s poorest people worse off.

    The Conservative Party’s plans to slash tax credits was voted down in the House of Lords in an unprecedented decision last month, with Peers arguing that the measures would have had devastating effects on millions of Britons.

    A number of Cameron’s own MPs publicly criticized the policy after a research paper from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Resolution Foundation (IFS) found that the increase to the National Living Wage would come "nowhere near" compensating families affected by the tax credit cuts.

    The IFS warned that close to 3 million of the UK's poorest families would lose US$1,547 (£1,000) a year if the government's changes go ahead.

    The parliamentary debate also raises questions over David Cameron’s claims that the Conservative Party represents the interests of Britain’s workers, with the Tories accused of looking after the Britain’s wealthiest at the expense of the poorest.

    The government has not yet set down a date for the no confidence debate, and has not responded to the petition.


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