Labour’s Debbie Abrahams launched the party’s ‘disability manifesto’ today (June 3). Before we go on, watch this clip:

I remember having to do the same as the lady in the clip, persuading people out of committing suicide because of the Conservative Party’s purge of sick and disabled benefit claimants – not only in May 2015 but every month since.

I won a years-long battle to make the Tories reveal the number of people who have died while claiming sickness and disability benefits (or after losing them) in August 2015. The answers I received were not complete because Tories don’t monitor what happens to people in the long-term after their benefits are taken away – the results would be too damning, I’m sure.

But I was able to show that thousands upon thousands of people have died who should be alive today.

Now try watching this lady’s account of a work capability assessment:

Yeah, the question about suicide. You know what it is?

“Why haven’t you killed yourself?”

How would you feel, if a government representative asked you that?

So the UK’s 12 or 13 million sick and disabled people should welcome Labour’s disability manifesto, launched today.

I posted a preview of the party’s policies when the full manifesto was leaked to the press a few weeks ago. Here’s a quick guide:

 

The disability manifesto itself is not available on the internet at the time of writing but I’ll put up a link when I may. In the meantime, Alice Kirby was at the launch and has been tweeting about it. Here’s what she had to say:

Carer – and friend of Vox Political – Paul Rutherford was there:

Last tweet is from Disability Labour as follows:

The simple fact is that, if every long-term sick and disabled person in the UK voted Labour, the party would have a landslide victory.

Failure to vote, or voting Conservative, is the equivalent of suicide.

So please, if you are long-term sick, disabled, a carer, or anyone else whose life would be improved by the policies in Labour’s disability manifesto…

Vote Labour on June 8 – for survival.

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