‘Apologise to disabled’ says MP
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