Esther McVey has survived a censure motion in Parliament which demanded she be sanctioned for her performance as Secretary for Work and Pensions over Universal Credit.

The motion, which was tabled by Labour, asked MPs to formally state whether they had confidence in McVey as the Work and Pensions Secretary.

It also called on the government to stop her salary for four weeks, which according to SNP MP Neil Gray, was to replicate the experiences of a person whose benefits are stopped or sanctioned.

Labour had previously called for McVey to hand in her resignation after the National Audit Office took the unprecedented stop of publishing an open letter to the MP questioning her statements in the Commons, and accused her of misleading Parliament, picking out three specific points from their report on Universal Credit which she had misinterpreted to MPs.

Noes won the motion with 305 votes to 268, with a marginal majority of 37 votes, allowing her to escape repercussions.

The DWP have come under fire for a number of their actions recently, including McVey’s partial apology for misleading parliament, rejecting claims that disabled people in the UK face a “hostile environment,” and the DWP insisting charities sign contracts which prevent them from speaking out against McVey or the DWP.

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