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  • = Key Development Monday 15th September
  • 08:56 Dame Anne Begg: English powers must be part of wider political reform package On air

    On Air | Dame Anne Begg MP | Labour MP | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Dame Anne Begg MP

    Dame Anne Begg said additional powers for English MPs needed to be considered as part of a “coherent approach” towards devolution of powers to Scotland and other regions. “What I’m saying is that this should be a part of a coherent appro... Continue to article

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  • 22:19 Story (26 links): Davies censured for disabled work comments

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    Philip Davies has seen his Party leadership distance themselves from him following his suggestions that disabled people should offer to work for less than the minimum wage. His comments provoked fury from charities and Labour MPs. A CCHQ spokesman said: “These comments do not reflect the views of the Conservative party and do not reflect Government policy”.


    During the second reading debate of the Employment Opportunities Bill, Mr Davies said: “If an employer is looking at two candidates, one who has got disabilities and one who hasn't, and they have got to pay them both the same rate, I invite you to guess which one the employer is more likely to take on."


    Stephen Lloyd, a Liberal Democrat MP who is himself deaf, said: "I think this is an appalling idea and shows a complete lack of understanding of both disability and of the workplace. We will never deal with disability discrimination by entrenching it even more in the eyes of employers as cheap labour. I have a better idea, perhaps we should dock the wages of MP's who make particularly fatuous remarks around disability, starting with Philip Davies!"


    Speaking later on BBC Radio 4, Mr Davies denied that he was saying people should be paid less, insisting "[disabled] people should be given the opportunity to prove themselves...before moving higher up the payscale".


    Dame Anne Begg, Chair of the Work & Pensions Committee and Labour MP for Aberdeen South, expressed her disgust at Mr Davies’ remarks.

    "These comments are utterly outrageous and unacceptable. To suggest that disabled people should be treated as second class citizens is shocking and shows just what a warped world some Tories demonstrate they inhabit."

    Sophie Corlett, a Spokeswoman for the mental health charity MIND, said: "It is a preposterous suggestion that someone who has a mental health problem should be prepared to accept less than minimum wage to get their foot in the door with an employer.

    "People with mental health problems should not be considered a source of cheap labour and should be paid appropriately for the jobs they do."

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Davies censured for disabled work comments

Philip Davies has seen his Party leadership distance themselves from him following his suggestions that disabled people should offer to work for less than the minimum wage. His comments provoked fury from charities and Labour MPs. A CCHQ spokesman said: “These comments do not reflect the views of the Conservative party and do not reflect Government policy”.


During the second reading debate of the Employment Opportunities Bill, Mr Davies said: “If an employer is looking at two candidates, one who has got disabilities and one who hasn't, and they have got to pay them both the same rate, I invite you to guess which one the employer is more likely to take on."


Stephen Lloyd, a Liberal Democrat MP who is himself deaf, said: "I think this is an appalling idea and shows a complete lack of understanding of both disability and of the workplace. We will never deal with disability discrimination by entrenching it even more in the eyes of employers as cheap labour. I have a better idea, perhaps we should dock the wages of MP's who make particularly fatuous remarks around disability, starting with Philip Davies!"


Speaking later on BBC Radio 4, Mr Davies denied that he was saying people should be paid less, insisting "[disabled] people should be given the opportunity to prove themselves...before moving higher up the payscale".


Dame Anne Begg, Chair of the Work & Pensions Committee and Labour MP for Aberdeen South, expressed her disgust at Mr Davies’ remarks.

"These comments are utterly outrageous and unacceptable. To suggest that disabled people should be treated as second class citizens is shocking and shows just what a warped world some Tories demonstrate they inhabit."

Sophie Corlett, a Spokeswoman for the mental health charity MIND, said: "It is a preposterous suggestion that someone who has a mental health problem should be prepared to accept less than minimum wage to get their foot in the door with an employer.

"People with mental health problems should not be considered a source of cheap labour and should be paid appropriately for the jobs they do."