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British PM’s social mobility board quits over failing the poor

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Updated: 16:13 GMT, Dec 4, 2017 | Published: 08:28 GMT, Dec 4, 2017 |
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All four members of the British government’s Social Mobility Commission have quit accusing Prime Minister Theresa May of being too fixated on Brexit to improve the prospects of those from poor backgrounds.

May has said she would create an economy which would work for all Britons, but the commission’s chairman Alan Milburn, a former minister in Tony Blair’s Labour government, said she was failing to deliver on her promises.

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that the current government was understandably focussed on Brexit, but accused it of being unable to translate words into action on healing social divisions.

May talked about tackling the “burning injustices” in society on her first day as prime minister last year, but since then has presided over a warring cabinet and faced an open rebellion by some of her own lawmakers.

Two ministers have quit May’s cabinet in the last month, placing a strain on the government ahead of the December 14-15 summit on Britain’s exit from the European Union, when Britain wants EU leaders to give a green light to talks about future trade relations.

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