‘Apol­o­gise to dis­abled’ says MP

Rutherglen Reformer - - Election Special - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier has launched a scathing at­tack on the UK Govern­ment af­ter a House of Lords re­port on the Equal­ity Act found that dis­abled peo­ple are be­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ately hurt by cur­rent pol­icy and in­ac­tion.

Speak­ing in the House of Com­mons last Thurs­day, Ms Fer­rier took the op­por­tu­nity to call on the govern­ment to “apol­o­gise for their lack of re­spect for dis­abled peo­ple”.

She said:“The UK Govern­ment has dis­pro­por­tion­ately hurt dis­abled peo­ple, through in­ac­tion on pro­vi­sions of the Equal­ity Act, through spend­ing cuts, through cuts to le­gal aid and through its‘Red Tape Chal­lenge’re­mov­ing pro­tec­tions.

“I have re­ceived count­less emails and let­ters from con­stituents, and spo­ken di­rectly to many at surg­eries, all con­cerned about the ef­fect that cur­rent Govern­ment ide­ol­ogy is hav­ing on dis­abled peo­ple.

“The Govern­ment need to apol­o­gise for the lack of re­spect and com­plete con­tempt it has held dis­abled peo­ple in. I will con­tinue to fight for the rights of all of my con­stituents, and chal­lenge the govern­ment at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.”

Mar­garet Fer­rier ad­dresses the House of Com­mons last week on the Equal­ity Act

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.