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Former Tory MP Edwina Currie has advised struggling families to save money by shagging their work colleagues and feeding their family pets to the children:

I know from personal experience that in times of hardship people have to stop living the high life – and there’s nothing more low-life than shagging your boss behind your husband’s back, which is exactly what I did.

Taking part in a discussion on 5 Live Breakfast about families feeling the pinch, a mother from Derbyshire described how she and her husband had to give up eating breakfast and lunch two or three times a week so their children had food to eat. On discovering the family had a dog, Ms Currie advised her that she could save money by making it into dinner instead:

The last time there was a recession under a Tory government, I was just a poor MP struggling to get by on just a few hundred thousand a year – plus expenses –  so I know what I’m talking about when it comes to hardship.

The mother was obviously so grateful for the former Conservative minister’s advice that she openly wept with happiness on the live radio programme.

Ms Currie, a minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government, is no stranger to controversy and in 1988 had to stand down as Health Minister after claiming John Major, the future Prime Minister was infected with the salmonella bacteria

Then in 2002, she sensationally revealed she had been having an affair with an egg farmer.

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