Last Friday, a grandmother walked in to Rachel Reeves’ surgery in her Leeds constituency.
“She came to see me about a foodbank voucher,” Reeves says.
“Her husband, a pensioner who had served in the Armed Forces, had refused a voucher because he didn’t want to turn to charity.
“She had come back to ask for it because she knew her family desperately needed it.
“She came in, in tears, because she didn’t have enough food. She has full-time care of two of her grandchildren and has pawned all their furniture.
“My job this week is to try to get their stuff back and to help her sort out their arrears. These are dignified people who have worked all their lives being completely failed by the system.