IDS Hits Back: 'I Know What it's Like to Live on the Breadline'.

'You what mate?' IDS has been unemployed twice

Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) has sensationally hit-back at a petition to have him live on £53 a week after the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions said in an interview 'he would if he had to', calling it a "complete stunt".

tbg can reveal IDS told his local newspaper - "I have been unemployed twice in my life so I have already done this (lived on the equivalent of £53 a week). I know what it is like to live on the breadline."

Solihull comprehensive school taught IDS says that the petition stunt is distracting attention away from the welfare reforms - "Which are much more important and which I have been working hard to get done."