John McDonnell (centre) greets the protesters from Disabled People Against Cuts at Westminster [Image: Disabled People Against Cuts/PA].

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, Labour’s leader and shadow chancellor, showed their commitment to restore fairness to the sickness and disability benefit system on July 19.

When protesters from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) arrived to block the MPs’ entrance to the House of Commons, Mr McDonnell helped them get past security.

Mr Corbyn later arrived to meet the group, as did Dennis Skinner and Green MP Caroline Lucas.

Among the protesters was a friend of This Site, Paula Peters. She tweeted images and commentary from the event:

Protesters in wheelchairs blocked the MPs’ entrance to the House of Commons to demonstrate against disability cuts, supported by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, who reportedly helped the activists through security.

Keith Walker, one of the protesters, said McDonnell came down to security to help the Disabled People Against Cuts activists gain access to the Palace of Westminster, after security staff spotted their T-shirts emblazoned with their protest slogan.

“They weren’t going to let us in, until John McDonnell came down and got us in,” Walker told the Guardian.

In another show of support, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn greeted the group and was met with chants of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn”. One of the women activists shouted: “Jeremy, you are with us and we are with you!”

The group came to protest against cuts to social care and demand the restoration of the independent living fund. “This is a message to Theresa May – while we have no justice, you will have no peace,” they chanted. “No more deaths from benefit cuts.” The group said they were also calling for the prime minister’s resignation.

Source: Disability activists block House of Commons entrance in cuts protest | Politics | The Guardian


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