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'Overtly political' Oxfam campaign is investigated

The Charity Commission is investigating an Oxfam campaign which criticises the government's economic policies.

The charity issued a tweet speaking of a "perfect storm" caused by "zero hours contracts, high prices, benefit cuts, unemployment and childcare costs".

Oxfam's Ben Phillips told BBC Radio 5 live's Phil Williams: "It is our job to point out when obstacles created by policy makers are keeping people poor."

But Charlie Elphicke, one of the Conservative MPs who complained about the tweet, said relative poverty in the UK was falling and the charity should help people in "real difficulty" abroad.

  • 11 Jun 2014
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