Politics: Lobby briefing - Greg Clark, Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells

What do you think of the Government's social exclusion action plan?

It's a question of delivery. Social exclusion is something the Labour Party talked about a lot before its election, but it is very worrying that, nine years later, it still needs an action plan and hasn't made any huge progress.

I applaud the Government's interest in this, but it's a matter of concern that it is still planning at this late stage.

You're part of the Social Justice Commission. When will it publish its findings?

All the different policy groups are set to report next summer. We will be publishing some interim analysis in the months ahead, however.

You have advocated a relative view of poverty. Has the party accepted this?

It has been broadly accepted, yes. It's a sign of the change in the Conservative Party that the consensus is that we should take poverty and social exclusion seriously.

Will the party adopt the commission's findings as policy?

There aren't any guarantees, but it's true of all the policy groups that they will provide menus that the leadership will be able to draw on. Obviously, none of us would have worked on this if we didn't hope - and to a certain degree expect - that the findings would be taken on.

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