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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Central Government and also in Communities

Tory furious with Oxfam campaign Tory furious with Oxfam campaign

A promotional campaign by Oxfam has outraged a Tory MP because of its "overtly political" nature.

The Charity Commission is investigating whether or not a tweet the charity put out broke its rules by attacking the coalition's austerity measures.

Oxfam tweeted an image of 'The Perfect Storm' - a mock film poster apparently starring "zero hours contracts, high prices, benefit cuts, unemployment and childcare costs".

Furious Tory MP Connor Burns said he was "shocked" by the image.

However, the charity has said that talking about poverty "should not be a party political issue".

Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, asked the Charity Commission to step in and find out if Oxfam had broken its charitable status.

In a letter, Burns wrote that the campaign was "overtly political and aimed at the policies of the current government".

But Oxfam's campaigns and policy director, Ben Phillips, claimed it was a "resolutely non-party political organisation".

He said: "We have a duty to draw attention to the hardship suffered by poor people we work with in the UK," he said.

"Fighting poverty should not be a party political issue. Successive governments have presided over a tide of rising inequality and created a situation where food banks and other providers provided 20 million meals last year to people who could not afford to feed themselves.

"This is an unacceptable situation in one of the world's largest economies and politicians of all stripes have a responsibility to tackle it."

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