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Single mum of eight Marie Buchan admits to lapdancing past

2015-02-22 13:34:33

Marie BuchanMarie Buchan who has admitted she worked as a lap dancer

A single mum of eight who caused a storm after claiming she was being forced to find her first job following Government benefits cuts has confessed: "I used to be a lap dancer."

Marie Buchan, aged 33, from Selly Oak, has revealed she worked for several months at The Rocket Club, in Broad Street.

Marie, who made headlines after hitting out at Prime Minister David Cameron after he announced plans to cap benefits, worked at the club 11 years ago following the birth of her second daughter.

She said: "I thought it would be good money and lots of people were saying I should go for it. But I wasn't there for long. The money wasn't great as you had to pay up before entering the club.

"There was also a lot of girls working there, so there was a lot of competition.

"It was something I wanted to try and I'm glad I did it, but there is always the negative part when doing something like that.

"There was a guy who regularly came in who I knew from where I lived, so I chose to leave.

"It is something I don't regret doing, but I would not go back and do it again."

Marie BuchanRocket Club on Broad Street

Marie said she is still looking for a job after it was revealed David Cameron's plans to reduce the benefits cap from £26,000 to £23,000 could leave her young family on the breadline. She will be £58-a-week worse off.

Marie went to a "work focus" interview at her local Jobcentre and is looking for part-time work to boost her reduced income.

"If Marie works a 16-hour a week she will still receive full benefits.

She said: "I really want to get a job now. I am not a lazy woman, but find it so hard, with eight children, to organise.

"I attempted to start work in the past and had it all in place to do a 16 hour cleaning job, but the kids didn't want to get ready in the morning. I am actively looking for work now. I will be so much better off if I get a part-time job, as I will receive my full benefits and get my rent paid for."

Marie sparked controversy when she revealed she couldn't live on £500-a-week benefits after David Cameron introduced the initial £26,000 benefits cap back in 2013 - said to be the average household weekly wage.

She says she works 21 hours a day looking after her eight kids, all aged under 13.

Marie get up at 6am and does not get to bed some days until 3am. Their father sees them at weekends.

Marie, who lives in a four bedroom council house, has been receiving benefits since she had her first child aged 19.

She said at that time that she counts every penny she spends and scours eBay, car boot sales and charity shops for bargains.

Mr Cameron said he was responding to public concerns over a £26,000 cap - a maximum limit for state support for individual households - was way too high.

The PM said money saved from the proposed post-general election cuts would be used to fund new apprenticeship schemes.

The cap, he added, would also encourage thousands more people to look for work.

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