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    Esther McVey Calls Herself 'Compassionate Conservative', Twitter Disagrees

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    Tory MP and former work and pensions secretary Esther McVey was roasted online after calling herself a "compassionate conservative" on the BBC Radio 4's Today programme, just a day before Parliament's 'meaningful vote' on UK prime minister Theresa May's Brexit draft deal.

    The MP for Tatton resigned from her Cabinet post in November after stating Mrs. May's Brexit deal did "not honour the result of the referendum", adding that the UK was ready for a no-deal Brexit scenario and slammed naysayers as "arch Remainers" determined to "turn around the vote of the people". 

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    However, Ms. McVey's Universal Credit programme has been lambasted by MPs and benefits claimants, and she was forced to admit that some UK citizens would be worse off under the new system.

    Citizens across the UK "choked on their teas" and responded to Ms. McVey with a Twitterstorm of fiery comments, attacking her for everything from her track record to venting over Brexit in general.

    ​Some followers stood up for Ms. McVey's right to freedom of speech and called for internet 'civility'. 

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