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I went from poverty to the heart of government—here’s what Theresa May must do to help others

Read former Health Secretary Alan Johnson's speech from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation/Prospect Fourth Annual Poverty Lecture

By Alan Johnson  

Unemployed youths in Brixton, London. Photo: PA

When I was asked to present the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Prospect’s annual poverty lecture, I was a Member of Parliament and the next general election was three years away.

The British people, having decided in 2015 to elect a Conservative government with a small majority for a five-year fixed term have just been asked to decide again, Theresa May having become a convert to repeat referendums. As a result, the small majority has vanished and as for a…

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