Coalition legacy leaves disabled 12 year old unable to attend school
Today, Motability are celebrating their 40th anniversary. They provide adapted vehicles to disabled people and their families to facilitate independence, greater control, and the ability to participate more in society. The Queen is their patron and is hosting anniversary celebrations today at Windsor Castle to recognise the contribution Motability makes to so many families. Thousands of disabled people and their families have benefitted from the Motability scheme, including many in Southwark.
Sadly, however, the means to access Motability was severely damaged under the Coalition. Disabled people access Motability through Disability Living Allowance. The Lib Dem/Tory Coalition decided to axe this vital help for 500,000 disabled people. Today, I discovered that a local 12 year old disabled girl’s family are losing their car as a result of this policy. Her mum will be unable to take her to school. This is the legacy of the Coalition and sadly my opponent in the 8th June election voted for all the cuts IDS imposed without considering their effect on local people.
Anyone who wants a fair welfare and support system for disabled people and their families should be backing Labour on 8th June.
Coalition legacy leaves disabled 12 year old unable to attend school Today, Motability are celebrating their 40th anniversary. They provide adapted vehicles to disabled people and their families...
I have now voted to throw the Tories out of Government. Theresa May and her Brexit buccaneers are wreaking economic havoc, harming the NHS in a crisis being ignored by Ministers, hitting children’s future with vicious education cuts, harming sick and disabled people by axing vital support, and damaging the fabric of our community with police cuts leaving crimes under-investigated and unsolved.
Theresa May has deceived voters. She claimed to oppose Brexit. She said she wouldn’t cut tax credit. She said she would not take any more from disabled people. She also said there would be no early election. Let’s not allow her to deceive us any longer. She is not fit to lead our country and has called the election early to try and avoid scrutiny over her Brexit plans that will cause havoc across the UK.
She wants an election now because she knows her best deal will leave Britain worse off. I have opposed Brexit at every stage – voting against triggering Article 50 and the Brexit Bill. I will continue to highlight the costs and consequences for the UK as the Tories try and deceive the public of the facts.
I welcome the opportunity to highlight and promote my record in Parliament and locally. I made a simple promise in 2015 – that I would never support anything at Westminster that would harm our community. In under two years I have helped thousands of local people with individual cases and problems as well as:
- Won a commitment to build the new Rotherhithe Bridge from Mayor Sadiq Khan
- Supported Millwall to prevent a development that put their future in London at risk
- Campaigned to keep local post offices, pubs and community pharmacies open
- Helped Bermondsey boy Harvey got treatment for his ultra-rare Morquio syndrome
- Changed the law from Opposition to ensure terminally ill people get quicker support
I have kept my promise. I made that promise because my predecessor Lib Dem supported Tory policies in Coalition and harmed our community. The Lib Dems look set to choose Simon Hughes who, in Coalition with Cameron and Clegg:
- voted for the bedroom tax eight times (hitting over 4,000 local people) and all of Iain Duncan Smith’s policies like the Universal Credit which is hitting people in Southwark now
- undermined children and family’s access to justice by cutting legal aid
- decimated the budget for affordable homes and attacked councils’ funding
- tripled tuition fees hitting thousands of local students
- did not support equal marriage.
I hope people remember his willingness to work for the Tories instead of fighting for local people.
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Election time! I have now voted to throw the Tories out of Government. Theresa May and her Brexit buccaneers are wreaking economic havoc, harming the NHS in a crisis being...
A week of heroes
Yesterday, I attended the funeral service of PC Keith Palmer to represent all the people of Bermondsey and Old Southwark. PC Palmer was murdered whilst doing his job protecting Westminster. His family lost a husband, dad, son and brother but our country lost a hero. It was an honour to be able to pay our community’s respects at the national tribute. It was a moment of pride that Southwark played such a significant role that tribute: the service was at Southwark Cathedral; the funeral directors were Albins and many other local organisations were represented, especially local police officers.
Today, I attended the service of commemoration on the centenary anniversary of Harold Sanford Mugford’s action in the Great War which led to him being awarded a Victoria Cross. He was born in Bermondsey and the commemorative paving stone was unveiled this morning next to our war memorial on West Lane. He was awarded the VC for his acts of valour in the Battle of Arras in 1917 which included declining medical treatment for himself to maintain an attack that prevented many others losing their lives. He was very severely wounded but continued to fight. His is the third commemorative VC paving stone in our community. There are others I have seen unveiled on Long Lane by Bermondsey Square and on Chapter Road by Pasley Park. It is important that the acts of bravery from Bermondsey’s heroes continue to be acknowledged and respected in this way.
It was a pleasure to see Johnson Beharry again this morning. He was also at the unveiling of the other commemorative VC paving stones and is a recipient of the VC himself for his acts of valour and great heroism in May 2004 in Iraq. He is a living hero.
This week has highlighted to me the tremendous risks that our police and armed forces take every day to ensure our rights, values and freedoms are upheld.
A week of heroes Yesterday, I attended the funeral service of PC Keith Palmer to represent all the people of Bermondsey and Old Southwark. PC Palmer was murdered whilst doing...
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